IEEE Women in Engineering and the Institute for National Transformation (INT) collaborated to host a significant two-day student leaders’ training at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) on 29th and 30th July 2023. The primary objective of this partnership was to equip student leaders with crucial leadership skills while emphasizing core values, historical context, and leadership paradigms. The training welcomed 45 enthusiastic student participants who held leadership roles within their respective student bodies. This diverse group of future leaders had the opportunity to gain valuable insights and practical guidance to enhance their leadership capabilities. Day One of the training commenced with a strong focus on the significance of core values in effective leadership. The RICE model (Responsibility, Integrity, Compassion, and Excellence) was introduced as the foundation for ethical leadership. Engaging in a unique visual representation activity, the participants creatively depicted burdens and solutions. This exercise aimed to foster teamwork, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking in addressing leadership challenges. Moreover, the training delved into the concept of “No Excuse Leadership,” instilling a sense of accountability and responsibility among the student leaders. They were encouraged to take ownership of their actions, avoid making excuses, and embrace challenges as opportunities for growth. The historical context of leadership in Africa was thoughtfully discussed, highlighting past leadership models and their impact on current challenges. The trainers emphasized the importance of learning from history to shape a better future. The day concluded with a thought-provoking discussion on “God’s Quality Management System,” exploring how moral and spiritual principles can enhance leadership effectiveness, promoting a holistic approach to leadership. Day Two of the training further delved into exploring the “Hunter/Farmer Paradigms,” providing valuable insights into transactional and transformational leadership approaches. The participants gained a deeper understanding of the principles of transformational leadership, which fosters growth and positive change. This session encouraged the student leaders to adopt visionary and proactive approaches in driving transformation within their communities. Building on the momentum of Day One, an engaging visual representation activity challenged the students to work together and build a tower using craft materials. This activity further reinforced teamwork, communication, and the practical application of leadership principles. In conclusion, the two-day student leaders’ training at MUST proved to be an enriching and impactful experience. The focus on core values, historical context, and ethical responsibility aimed to nurture effective and transformative leaders. Through engaging activities and discussions, the participants gained valuable insights on leadership paradigms and practical decision-making. It is hoped that this training will have a lasting influence on their leadership journeys, contributing to positive transformation within their communities and beyond. The students expressed their enthusiasm for similar sessions, both physical and online, emphasizing the significance of continuous learning and growth for nurturing capable and responsible leaders. The collaborative efforts of IEEE and INT facilitated the creation of an empowering environment that inspired the student leaders to become catalysts for positive change in their communities and beyond.