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 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 seeks press coverage to help publicize the achievement of the honoree and his/her association and the participation of AUI senior administrators as well as local officials. The money for this prize is raised by LDI students but sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact the LDI Director, Duncan Rinehart, if you would like to invest in leadership in Morocco.


Any leader in any association in the Meknes prefecture, that meets the criteria stated below (see “Criteria”) is eligible for the Leadership Development Institute at AUI “Leader of the Year Award.” . 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 for work they get paid to do.


  • Nominees need not be the responsible of an association. Effective leadership can be achieved by any person, in any position.
  • Employees of government offices or programs are excluded from this award.
  • Nominees must demonstrate the following qualities:
    • High integrity
    • Good communication
    • Team oriented
    • Motivator
    • Visionary
    • Adaptability to changes
    • Innovator
    • Reflectiveness
  • Demonstrable achievement of the association, during the leader’s service, in one or more of the following:
    • 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,
    • improving health and/or education for rural girls and women.
  • Sustainability of the association and of its programs.
  • The number and effectiveness of community members who volunteer their time to work in the association’s programs.


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