CU Students Urged to Embrace Good Leadership Qualities
Effective leaders should have the necessary tools and skills to inspire and impact their teams, thereby enabling firms to be run competently and smoothly. As a good leader, one should understand the vision, mission statements, objectives and goals of an organization to be able to lead the workforce into realizing them.
Bottom of FormTop of FormBottom of FormThis was the summation of the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, e-Transact Limited, Mr. Valentine Obi, in his presentation titled: “Key Leadership Lessons” at a town and gown interaction on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.
At the event organized by the Department of Leadership Studies, Covenant University, Mr. Obi, the Guest Speaker, stated further that leadership is the ability to inspire and guide one’s team towards a common goal.
Mr. Obi recounted his experience as an entrepreneur, highlighting some key leadership lessons that have been of immense benefit to him.
According to him, leadership is the ability to adapt and unlock people’s potentials to become better, as well as place them in a position that sets them up for success. “There must be some established vision of where one is going and how one is going to get there”, he said.
He emphasised that the very essence of leadership is to have a vision. “Your vision should be on how to impact the lives of people and not only make money. In order to achieve this, you have to share your vision with others, so that they can follow you willingly”, he advised.
The guest speaker noted that leaders don’t isolate themselves, referring to Richard Hytner’s quote on Leadership, “A business with only one leader will remain forever a small business”. Leadership means you don’t stand alone, he added.
He, therefore, urged the students to work hard to get ahead, strive for success but remain humble, and seek out a mentor as well as embrace the good virtue of integrity, which is in agreement with the University’s Core values.
He commended Covenant University alumni for their good leadership qualities, particularly in the manner in which they dress and comport themselves.
In her remarks, the Dean, College of Leadership Development Studies, Professor Aize Obayan, referred to Warren Bennis’s quote, which states, “Leadership is not a set of genetic characteristics but a lifelong process of self-discovery”. She, therefore, urged the students to exhibit the characteristics that they desire to see in other people.
Speaking at the event earlier, the Deputy Dean, School of Leadership, Professor Christopher Awonuga, enjoined the students to be attentive, adding that the programme would help them, both now and in the future.
While addressing the students, a former Head of Department, Political Science and International Relations, Dr. Sheriff Folarin, stated that the purpose of the town and gown interaction was to learn and add value to the African society, adding that it is the students’ responsibility to transform the society.
In attendance at the programme were faculty and staff of College of Leadership Development Studies as well as final year students of various Departments in the University.