Leadership Development Institute

Leader of the Year Award


AUI’s Leadership Development Institute “Leader of the Year Award” is intended to build the effectiveness of community leadership in Morocco, assist development in Morocco through building community leadership, strengthen the relationship between AUI and its surrounding community, and recognize outstanding leadership, regardless of status, power, or position in an association operating in the Meknes prefecture.

Students in the Institute help to promote, select, and award this honor at a ceremony during the Spring Semester. The event utilizes press coverage to help publicize the achievement of the honoree and his/her association, the participation of AUI senior administrators in the community service performed by AUI students, and to honor local officials responsible for helping the organization. LDI students raise the money for this prize, but sponsorship opportunities are available for those interested. Please contact the LDI Director, Duncan Rinehart, if you would like to invest in leadership in Morocco.


Leaders of associations in the Meknes prefecture are eligible for the Leadership Development Institute’s “Leader of the Year Award,” so long as the criteria listed below are met. Eligible leaders can hold any position in their association. More than one leader can be nominated from an association. Employees of government offices or programs are not eligible for this award.


  • Nominees need not be the heads of their respective associations. LDI recognizes that any person, in any position, can achieve effective leadership.
  • Employees of government offices or programs are excluded from this award.
  • Nominees must demonstrate the following qualities:
    • Sense of Integrity
    • Effective Communication Skills
    • Team-Oriented Management
    • Motivating
    • Visionary and Innovative Outlook
    • Adaptability
    • Reflectiveness
  • During the nominee’s period of service, the association he/she lead must exhibit demonstrable achievement in one or more of the following areas:
    • Reducing the effects of poverty,
    • Increasing literacy,
    • Increasing access to and the quality of education provided by local schools,
    • Meeting the needs of orphans, those with severe physical or mental disabilities, those who are homeless, single mothers, or the elderly, and/or
    • Improving health and/or education for rural girls and women.
  • During the nominee’s time with the association, programs enacted must display long-term sustainability.
  • Nominees will also be considered by the number and effectiveness of community members who volunteer their time to work in the association’s programs.

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