The National President of the De Norsemen Kclub of Nigeria Inc, Adeshola Giwa, has spoken of the need for Nigerians to imbibe the qualities of leadership as a means of responding to the demands and dynamics of national political and economic management of the country.
Speaking at a leadership training and retreat by the executive committee of the Club in Asaba, Delta State last weekend, according to a statement, Giwa blamed the challenges the country and institutions in it have faced over the years on lack of proper preparation for the challenges of leadership. He said it is only when the people are well prepared in this way that they will be in good position to lead well as well as understand the dynamics of the challenges faced by those in leadership positions
He advised members of the Club to be conscious of their environments as a means of providing the necessary guidance and directions towards creating a functional relationship and mutual understanding between the leaders and the followers at various levels of society.
“Leadership is critical in moulding a better society and welding its different aspects into a single functional unit. But we find in our environment situations where those who lead are often not prepared for the demands of their offices while those who follow them often also do not understand their roles in ensuring that those at the helm function responsibly and responsively in line with the needs of the people,” he stated.
The retreat, the first of its kind in the history of the club had the theme titled ‘Next Level: Repositioning for Effective Leadership, was designed to brainstorm on the leadership challenges facing the country and also position the members of the club for the demands of leadership.
Giwa, a renowned educationist, in his keynote speech identified Timing, Responsibility and Dedication (TRD) as the key planks of success-driven organisations, adding that the magic to any goal, be it political, economic of business was discipline.
Also in his presentation, lead speaker at the event and legal practitioner and leadership strategist, Imo Jonathan, also spoke of the need to strengthen the capacity of leaders as a means of firming the fabrics of society and guaranteeing deliverables.
Imo, a barrister described leadership as a privilege that those occupying such positions must embrace with utmost preparedness and sense of duty, adding that a prepared leader must be passionate about solving problems and effectively marketing the mission and core values of the organization, country or institution.
Other speakers at the retreat include, Tony Eteng, Manager, First Aluminium Nig. Ltd; Victor Okiri, Management Consultant and Comrade Chidi Iwuchukwu, Principal Assistant Registrar, Federal University of Technology, Owerri.