PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK: Carole Kariuki - Daily Nation

You’re young; take chances and don’t be afraid to make mistakes

Thursday July 27 2017

Kenya Private Sector Alliance (Kepsa) CEO

Kenya Private Sector Alliance (Kepsa) CEO Carole Kariuki. PHOTO| COURTESY 

By DAISY OKOTI
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Speak to a college student: what is the role of KEPSA in their lives?

KEPSA is the apex body of the private sector in Kenya. Its mandate is to work with government and other stakeholders to improve the business environment. This is important for a college student because as the business environment improves, more businesses set up office in Kenya, creating jobs and opportunities that could go to college students when they graduate.

 

How have you gained commitment from your team and what advice do you have for young people just getting into leadership positions?

I let my staff know that they are the most important part of the organisation. I encourage them to focus on the mandate of the organisation and own it. My advice to young people getting into leadership is three-fold: one, you only compete with your goals, not anyone else’s, leadership comes from doing your best to cause impact, not as a desire to become just a leader. Two, use youth to your best advantage; use the energy, passion, innovation and time to grow. Three, make mistakes, take chances.

 

Has there been a time that you failed as a leader? If yes, how did you deal with it?

Failure is part of leadership. And life. I don’t even keep count of how many times I fail.

 

As a university student, how did you set yourself up for the job market? What would you tell today’s graduate who is struggling to get a job?

As a student, even before joining university, I did more than school work; I was involved in various extra-curricular acti