VALUES-BASED LEADERSHIP: KEY TO EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP IN NIGERIA

By March 22, 2013
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The problem of leadership in Nigeria and Ebira land in particular can be associated with lack of commitment on the part of both the leaders and the led. In my own view the time has come for us to stop the blame game and find ways in which we can help our leaders to be that great leader we want them to be, to either deliver the dividend of democracy or help us improve our living standard. This is because the essence of “leadership in any polity is the recognition of real need, the uncovering and exploiting of contradictions among values and between values and practice, the realigning of values…The leader’s fundamental act is to induce people to be aware or conscious of what they feel – to feel their true needs so strongly, to define their values so meaningfully, that they can be moved to purposeful action.” (Macgregor Burns, 1978, p. 43).
Hence, building a prosperous society with progressive growth in all areas of their lives requires value driven leaders who are visionary and can translate such visions into developmental achievements for their followers, thereby empowering them in the process and ensuring an all inclusive leadership.

 

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Mohammed Danjuma Haruna

Danjuma Mohammed is a 2002 winner of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, National Essay Competition, a Youth Development Expert, Environmentalist, Climate Change Policy expert, a financial analyst, public…

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