LEADERSHIP AND THE CHANGE YOU CAN CREATE, A PAPER PRESENTED BY PST.(COMR) EDEWOR EGEDEGBE AT THE 6TH ANNIVERSARY AND EXCELLENT AWARDS 2020 ORGANIZED BY WISDOM CLASS ORGANIZATION:
THEME: “CREATING CONNECTIONS TAKING CHARGE OF CHANGE”.
The concept of leadership
Who is a leader
Characteristics of leaders from the word “LEADER”
How leaders develop others?
Leaders as positive change agents.
The Concept of Leadership: There is no universal definition of leadership; its definition is based on the situation around it.
According to Myles Munroe, “Leadership is defined as the ability to lead others by influence; the capacity to influence, inspire, rally, direct, encourage, motivate, induce, move, mobilize and activate others to pursue a common goal or purpose while maintaining commitment, momentum, confidence and courage”.
In defining leadership the word “INFLUENCE” and the term “COMMON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT” can not be undermined because they are the centre of leadership i.e. if you are leading and you are not influencing people or achieving your goals, it means you are merely occupying a position for the purpose of title. This is largely what we have in our society today. It should be noted that influence here can either be POSITIVE or NEGATIVE, but for the purpose of effective leadership that we are canvassing in the 21st century that has almost elude us gradually by share greed and avarice, we must therefore talk about Positive
Influence which is a sure way to have an egalitarian society.
Leadership Skills: Leadership is an art that come with skills that
must count in our everyday life.
- Conceptual Skills: Is the ability to deal with issues through
proper analysis, research, policy formulation and reflection.
- Technical Skills: Is the ability to manage project, office,
evaluate, administrative understanding, financial management
and technical knowledge among others.
- Social Skills: Is the ability to work with people, network,
collaborate, partnership, public relation, communicate
effectively. Note: No ONE succeed in isolation.
The above skills are must have for any leader, this is while we must
consciously develop ourselves ahead of what tomorrow holds for us
Leadership Styles: There are several leadership styles but let’s
- Authoritarian/Dictatorship: This style is concern with “telling
others what to do and how to do” it is based on COMMAND.
This style is appropriate when:
The time is short
Stubborn (Difficult) followers
Thing are to be done in a certain way
- Participative/Democratic: This style involves coming of both
the leader and followers to decide what to do and how to do, it is
based on Collaborative Responsibility. This is appropriate when:
Leaders trust their followers
Followers need to learn and get experience in the process
Team work and sound decision.
- Delegative Style: This involves delegating task and authority to
followers. Delegation is effective when;
You assign responsibilities.
Followers are expected to take decisions
Followers have competence.
Effective Leaders must use all styles when necessary
Leaders must focus on tasks and People: Process and People or
mission and People.
Effective Leadership process involves learning, unlearning and
relearning which cannot be separated from communication because
leadership is all about influence and it’s impossible to influence
WHO IS A LEADER? A leader is someone who uses both human
and non human resources effectively and efficiently in achieving
organizational or individual goal.
A leader is someone who sees positive future from the present
negative circumstance i.e. someone who sees something out of
The journey of good leadership begins with a good leader, and the
journey of good leader begins with self confidence and self leading.
Characteristics of Leaders from the word “LEADER”
L: Loyal to the course, Goal or Purpose, Long suffering,
Patiently working out the desired result, a good listener and
communicator, ability to learn, unlearn and relearn.
E: Educated about contemporary issues.
A: Able to organize and see plans through to success
D: Dedicated to the Goal or Purpose
E: Empowerment by their acceptance and support
R: Responsible for the activities involved with their roles.
Other characteristics of leader include;
How leaders develop others? A leader apart from developing his/her
leadership potential must therefore attract, develop and grow other
- CREATING A CLIMATE FOR POTENTIAL LEADERS
- IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL LEADERS
- NURTURING POTENTIAL LEADERS
- EQUIPING POTENTIAL LEADERS
- DEVELOPING POTENTIAL LEADERS
This will make them reach their potential
The growth and development of people is the highest
calling of leadership.
The development of leaders requires time, attention and
Enemies of leadership:
- Lack of Vision
- Inability to listen and communicate effectively
- Insecurity of the leader
- Ill experience of the leader
- Fear of failure
- I know it all syndrome
- Inability to submit to others advice or suggestion.
Leaders as positive change agents: For us leaders to be positive
agents, we need to be mindful of following among others;
- Service first while money comes last
- Always sacrifice self interest for public interest.
- Shun corruption and mobilize against corruption at any time
- Always stand by the truth and defend the truth at all time
- Have the “WE” mentality and do away with “I” mentality.
- I MENTALITY IS TOXIC IN NATURE, BE WARE.
Let me conclude by saying “ A bad situation you do nothing about
we degenerate to worse without delay” therefore, as positive
change agents, we must change our corner for a start and actively
participate in any process that is targeted at changing the
negative narrative for a positive one. (Mathew 5v14.)
THANK YOU ALL FOR LISTENING.