ARAA provides Research Administrators a forum for learning and sharing best practices. The leadership of ARAA is meant to be in line with the mission. Activities for the leadership include but not be limited to:
- Assessing the environment for collaboration
- Defining shared values
- Engaging Research Administrators in the development of ARAA
- Developing the synergy of people through cross training to accomplish more in the research enterprise.
- Committing to the development of Research Administrators as key assets through mentoring.
ARAA has a ground up model collaborative leadership. This type of leadership focuses on the experiences of practice, promotes a spirit of collective learning, understanding, and accountability. ARAA current leadership is in the form of committees. The core of leadership rests on the membership. Subcommittees run various development projects, a steering committee made up of leaders of subcommittees run the ARAA business and an Advisory Board made up of research leaders in institutions in Africa provide oversight of the ARAA.