Leadership from the Bottom Up: A Discussion with Lt. Col. Mademba Aliou Fall

"When you build a house, you have to start with the foundation." In an interview with the Africa Center, Lt. Col. Mademba Aliou Fall discusses the Senegalese Army's bottom-up strategy for developing leadership skills.

The Senegalese Army implements a unique training strategy, which prioritizes the development of ethical leadership skills among its enlisted and junior ranks. Why? “When you build a house, you have to start with the foundation.” Building this capacity at the lower levels allows these units to take on many more responsibilities, enabling the senior leadership to be more strategic and forward-looking. In an interview with the Africa Center, Lt. Col. Mademba Aliou Fall discusses the Senegalese Army’s bottom-up strategy for developing leadership skills. Lt. Col. Fall is a Commander in Senegal’s Armored Infantry Battalion.