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FOUNDATION FOR EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIPPresented By Dr. David O. Oyedepo Chancellor, Covenant University, Ota
COVENANT UNIVERSITYEXECUTIVE ADVANCEAugust, 2018Slide2
WHAT IS LEADERSHIP?
Leadership is all about taking the lead, setting the pace and blazing the trail in one’s field.
Leadership is not occupying a seat, it’s accomplishing a feat.
It’s not occupying a position, it’s making outstanding contributions.
Great leaders are not those with chains of degrees but those who change the world.
Outstanding leaders are not those with barrage of titles but those whose impacts constitute footprints on the sand of time.
The real worth of a leader is in the value he adds, the contributions he makes, the feats he accomplishes and the impact he engenders.
Leaders are readers and committed readers are potential leaders.
Productivity makes a manager but responsibility makes a leader.
Leadership is not talking the lead, it’s taking the lead.
Leadership is not an appointment, but an attainment.
It is not in the titles we wear, but in the values we bear.
Leadership is not an endowment, it is an achievement and it cannot be inherited.
But leaders are thinkers and all committed thinkers are potential leaders.
Leadership is not about leading people, it is essentially about taking the lead in a given task.
All of the above implies that anybody can become a leader if he is willing to give it what it takes.
There’s a leadership seed inside every child of God, but we have to cultivate and nurture it, so that it can begin to produce fruits.
But how much one invests today in terms of time, energy and resources in his field, will determine the outcome of his life.
LEADERSHIP IS EVER AT A COSTThere is nothing extraordinary on its own, it is man’s extraordinary input that makes it so – D. O. O.There is nothing mystical about excellence; it is a product of man’s tireless commitment to improvement – D. O. O.
Excellence is the greatest deterrent to racism and sexism – Oprah WinfreyDiscipline is all about doing what is demanded to deliver one’s desired goal and not what is convenient.Global impact in any field is at the cost of high level discipline
Great minds always mind details of the demands of their goals while small minds despise details and go for only what is convenient.Small minds believe in luck, but great minds believe in cause and effect.
It is small minds that seek shortcuts but great minds commit themselves to paying full price for their set goals. ‘There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.’ - Beverly Sills
No Free Lunch in LifeIt is paying the abnormal price that makes a world-changer.One may make a living by his profession, but we can only make impact by our dedication.
No world-changer runs a normal schedule.No world-changer possesses a normal habit.
No world-changer has a normal lifestyle.It takes a ‘global price’ to generate global impact.One cannot get out of life more than what he is willing to put into it.
You cannot eat your cake and have it.You cannot make omelet without breaking eggs.
Every Man’s Star is in HimselfThe star of every man is embedded in himself – 2Peter 1:19There’s a fountain of blessing in each of us – Isa. 65:8
Every fruit-yielding tree has its seed in itself – Gen. 1:11-12But selflessness is the manure with which we nurture the seed of global impact in us.
Inside every seed lies a potential plantation, but the seed has to be planted in the belly of the earth for that potential to be realized.
Such seed has to subscribe to the heat underneath the earth before it can grow, multiply and impact on lives.This is why at the root of exploits is high level discipline.
No life can ever be more impactful than is dedicated.No one can make the most of his life without coming out of his comfort zone.Until one is willing to change his approach, he cannot improve on his results.
We shall be looking at four vital forces to engage towards the realization of our leadership potentials – Self Management, Time Management, Task Management and Resource Management
Self management is all about: Setting order over one’s lifeDogged pursuit of one’s vision and Maximum investment time, energy and resources in driving one’s task
Setting goals and driving at themBeing able to separate between the lawful and the expedient Making quality decision and standing by itBeing a law to oneself
Efficient self management is what determines one’s ultimate accomplishmentLeadership in any field begins with leading oneself efficiently.
The Benjamin Franklin Story A foremost American Philosopher, Diplomat, Educationist, Philanthropist, who literally taught himself how to read.Self-training brought forth the treasures in him
Self training brought out the star in himHe would do without food to gather enough money to buy books Self discipline is a vital key to actualizing the potential in us
The Michael Faraday StoryWas a printing apprenticeHe taught himself to read and write Had unusual interest in scientific experimentsSubsequently, was appointed as a lab attendant by a renown Professor, Humphrey Davies
Through self discipline, in no time, he grew to become the envy of his master He eventually emerged a celebrity in the field of science
Self discipline is what empowers the star in us to shine!George Washington said; ‘discipline is the soul of an army. It makes more numbers formidable. It procure success to the weak and esteem to all.’
Just like continuous training is the only way to sustain impact in the field of Sports; in the same vein, continuous training is a vital requirement both to generate impact and sustain relevance in one’s field.
And all committed learners are potential leaders All outstanding leaders are great learners and all tireless learners continues to grow in impactEveryone who can work effectively without supervision is a leader in the making.
Any man that you have to pursue to perform may never go far.Any one you have to push to work may never deliver as expected.
The story of two high school boys Two young boys, who grew up in the same environment, went to school same period and graduated same year. One of these boys said to have read over 600 books covering areas such as; human development, psychology of success etc., while the other was working in restaurants and fast food related platforms.
19 years after, the two boys met at the home coming meeting of the alma mater and at this point they were ‘continents apart’. While the later was worth 6.75 Dollars per hour, the other boy who invested his time in developing himself in the area of interest was said to be worth 200, 000 Dollars an hour.
Time is one of our greatest assets in the adventure of life.
Benjamin Franklin, once said; Doth thou love life, then don’t squander time, invest it for that is the stuff life is made up of
Shakespear also noted:I wasted time, now time doth waste meNnamdi Azikwe said:Give me my ‘youth back’, and I will pay any price for it
We live in a world of unlimited opportunities – Eccl. 5:9Unfortunately, there are:more complainers than thinkersmore wishers than workers more referees than players more spectators than actorsmore beggars than thinkers
We all know that a year is made up of ONLY 52 weeks And that A week is made up of 168 hours onlyAnd One year is made up of 8, 736 hours
But, the worth of any life is a function of the worth of his time.
Quality time investors usually end up as News-makers. All smart time-investors, more often than not, end up as Stars in their fields of endeavours.
The Bill Gates story Bill Gates once granted an interview to Playboy magazine: Play boy: we hear you don’t watch TVGates: “I do watch but, I don’t have any TV with the over-the-air receiver connected to my house. Am not immune to the lures of TV; I just try to stay away from it”.
Those who make news hardly have time to watch newsTheir time is invested making the news for others to watch
This is why I believe there’s nothing extraordinary on its own; it is man’s extra-ordinary discipline that makes it so. Access to the top is always at a cost.
Interestingly, time is an asset of equality, while some invest it, others simply squander it!
A business can be defined as an art of exchange of values for the benefit of the parties involved A business also implies any activity that one engages in for the purpose of profiting
A business can be said to be efficient trading of time, talents, skills and energy for the purpose of profit making The business you don’t invest your best in, can never produce the best of result for you
Sow sparingly, reap sparingly; sow bountifully, reap bountifully The business you don’t face today, is sure to be phased out tomorrow
To be busy here and there, one is sure to end up nowhereBeware of becoming a wandering star – Jud 13
Only those who stay focused on their task end up as front-linersIf your eyes be single, your body will be full of light
If you don’t face your business as business, you may be on your way out of businessYou can’t get out of any task more than what you are willing to put into it.
No matter how weak one may be, if one will invest quality time into his task, he will see unusual results.
It will interest us to note that Nigerian households spend more on recharge cards than on food In a recent publication of Business Day of May 23, 2014, the following disturbing picture was unveiled:
The average Nigerian household spent more on recharge cards than they did on petrol, soap, washing powder and personal food care, a survey report for 2012/2013 carried out by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in collaboration with the World Bank, has shown.
The survey showed that recharge card spending by Nigerians moved to essentials from discretionary spending as 72.3 percent of the sampled households, reported making expenditure to recharge their phones, higher than personal care foods (52.2 percent), and petrol (30.9 percent).
Nigerians collectively spent about N449.7bn a month on recharge cards. –(report by Anne Agbaje, May 23, 2014)
Poor management is one major reason behind the poverty of the poorFor instance, without a budget, there is no cure for waste.
Poor management is the reason for the misfortune of many.Whatever is not well managed is sure to be damaged.
When one is not committed to good sound financial management, he suffers financial embarrassment.Good management is key to development and enlargement.
Abraham Lincoln said ‘I don’t think much of a man who’s not wiser today than he was yesterday’
As I have often said, You don’t grow big to manage well, you manage well to grow big!
Do You Want To Become A Leader?
The story was told of a high school student that asked his sports coach, ‘I want to become a sports star, what do I do?’ And the coach responded. ‘There are four rungs on the ladder to becoming a star, these include:
But a great coach does not make a star; it is the commitment of the sportsman to the demands of emerging a star that does.’This young chap became a 3-Gold medallist at the 1923 Berlin Olympics. His broad (long) jump record remains unbroken for 22 years.
A great coach may provide a great opportunity to becoming a star, but does not guarantee becoming a star.One can coach a man to run, but the man has to do the running.
One can coach a man to wrestle; but he has to do the wrestling.There is no coach-substitute to becoming a star.
This is why:Decision making is key to a world of exploits.Decision making is what makes a leader. But quality decision makes an extra-ordinary leader.
Decision making is a responsibility of every potential leader – Num. 11:11-14
Change only begins with a desire for change; and making decisions to effect it.But the quality of one’s decision is what determines the quality of results he commands.
What makes a man of exploit is not capacity, but capacity utilization.That is, putting to work the facts at one’s disposal.But access to one million facts will never be worth one great decision.Over to you!
TOWARDS IMPACTFUL ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP
We live in a thinkers world.Thinkers mould and shape the history of the world.
Thinkers rule the world.For instance, the world of science has been moulded and ruled by thinkers, down through history
ARCHIMEDES – 287 BC A giant, a scientist and mathematicians of extraordinary greatness One of the biographers said; “Archimedes, one man and one intellect – a host in itself”
He discovered and arrived at the idea of specific gravity today called Archimedes’ principle – while in a Bathtub.
He thought years ago that man could float on water, this thought came along in the bathroom, the law of floatation thereafter came to light.
Today, the water ways has become a major means of transportation for man and more especially for goods and services. Again, millions earn their living through the water-way industry.
JOSEPH PRIESTLY (1733-1854)Became an orphan at age 7.He was only a part-time scientist.
Attended some chemistry lectures; began to experiment on his own and eventually became well known among the local scientists
Became a giant of science through his discovery of the gas of life – Carbon Dioxide He invented of Soda water who
Antoine Laurent Lavoisier (1743 – 1794) He was a lawyer, but while in college attended chemistry lectures due to his interest in science
At age 22 he was awarded a gold medal by the French Academy of Sciences for his competition - winning plan for lighting the street of ParisHe pioneered in chemistry, physiology, scientific agriculture, finance, economics, government and public education!!!
Edward Jenner (1749 – 1823)He was a medical doctor Between 1700 – 1800, it was estimated that 60 million Europeans died of smallpox.
This once dread disease was wiped out by the principle of vaccination that Jenner advanced. Was called “the father of immunology” and his work is said to have “saved more lives than the work of any other man”
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) He was a theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity effecting a revolution in Physics
He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the law of photoelectric effectEinstein applied the general theory of relativity to model the structure of the universe as a whole
When he was invited to become President of Israel he declined saying , “Scientific problems are familiar to me, but I have neither the natural capacity nor the necessary experience to handle human beings”It was this same Einstein that invented electric lighting bulb
The Wright Brothers(The Bicycle Repairers)The Wright Brothers, thought that man could fly in the air, it was a thought that sprang up in the kitchen.
Today, millions enjoy air travels around the world, while millions of other earn their livelihood in the aviation industry directly or indirectly.
While still an undergraduate was taking a rest under an apple tree and one of the apple fruits fell on him and then he began to think why was it not suspended in the air
And what kind of force was pushing it down, to cut the long story short, this young student founded the law of gravity and subsequently the 3 laws of mechanics, which are very fundamental to most engineering feats today.
A story was told in his growing up days how that the mother was looking for him in the house, ‘Bill, Bill where are you?
But the mother who was in desperate search for the boy, headed for the basement still shouting Bill where are you? but when she opened the door, Bill screamed back at her, ‘Am Thinking, Don’t You Think?’.
Bill Gates, the thinker has suddenly as it were become Bill Gates the ‘ruler’ of the scientific world.
THE WAY FORWARD
I believe that Self esteem is essentially a product of self discovery and self awareness.
All technical facts that characterize scientific inventions are products of focused thinking.It is clear that most outstanding mortals of all ages were only – ‘wide’ readers and ‘wild’ thinkers.
For instance, all human beings are made up of same number of organs.That is, all organs of the human body, the lungs, the heart, the liver, the kidney, and of course the brain; all the organs that make up human beings are all the same in size and content.
That is the reason why all transplantable organs are transplantable from one to another irrespective of race or colour such as the kidney.
Most importantly of course is the human brain, which defines the limits of a man’s worth in any field of human endeavour.It is absolutely the same in all ramification and that for all men.
It is interesting to note that the human brain for all humans is:Same sizeSame contentSame number of cells
Same number of nerves running throughSame colour
Same weight, (except that the female brain is said to be a little less in weight than the male)Same potential, which impliesSame capacity
Where then is the Difference?It is in the robustness of the engagement of the brain. It is the active engagement of this ‘principal gift’ of nature that defines the limits of anyone’s worth.
First, we must recognize that we share same capacity of brain with all other humans and that consciousness should arouse the confidence in us to engage this precious gift most pragmatically.
Again from the story of Albert Einstein, we understand that he was a very poor boy in school and that one day the teacher had to invite the mother. And in the course of speaking with her on his poor performance, the teacher made a sharp remark ‘your son has no brain’ his mother reacted violently ‘my son has got more brain than you’ve got.’ This was the first time it dawned on Albert that he’s got some brain.
Today, Albert Einstein occupies a prestigious place in the history of scientific development in the world.
Dennis Waitley once said “the empires of the future will not be built of concrete stone walls, turrets, armies and gates. The empires of the future will be empires of the mind.”
Africa must wake up to the fact that we have got enough brain to match our seemingly insurmountable mountains.
This implies that how actively and productively we engage our minds in seeking solution to the challenges of our time will determine how soon we overcome them.
There is nothing unthinkable until we think so and there is nothing undarable until it is dubbed unthinkable and there is nothing immovable until it is dubbed impossible.
Show me a committed thinker and I will show you another leader, solution-provider in the making.
Until we start to think about the unthinkable we may never dare the impossible and deliver the seemingly impossible.
Thank you and God bless