Business executives and managers have been given the mandate to rethink leadership and imbibe core values that will transform the business landscape, workforce ecosystem and governance across all boards.
According to the experts, critical among the leadership values that will transform organizations are the mindset of service and a desire to create an environment for a workforce to thrive.
This call was given at the two-day mentorship event tagged Niyi Adesanya Leadership BootCamp organized by Fifth Gear Consulting in Lagos and was well-attended by business leaders and senior management executives drawn from the different organization from across Nigeria.
Top speakers at the event who joined foremost leadership expert and facilitator, Niyi Adesanya include Richard Mofe-Damijo, Nollywood actor and ex-Commissioner in Delta State, John Obara, CEO, System specs represented by Deremi Atanda, Executive Director, System specs, Ubong King, renowned Public Speaker, Iview Martins Ogbonmwan, Human Resource Expert, Emmanuel Utomi and Iwu Akinyoyenu among others.
Speaking at the leadership mentorship, Dr. Sam Adeyemi, an expert on Leadership and renowned Clergyman noted a rethink of the African belief system is critical to a big shift in leadership in all areas.
“There’s a wrong cultural influence on leadership in Africa that starts from our homes and families. That thinking that being a leader makes you superior to followers is something we have held on to for too long and it must change,” Adeyemi said.
Adeyemi also charged Nigerian organizations to position themselves for the coming opportunities that Africa is set to witness as a result of renewed interest in the continent as the next big thing.
In corroboration, Richard Mofe-Damijo, a Nollywood noted that the entire failure of governance in Africa is a reflection of whom we are as a people. He draws parallels between how people are responsible for their families but when elected into public office but become irresponsible to the electorates.
While noting that the dynamics of the workspace is changing with the influx of millennials in the system, Human Resource Manager, Ivie Martins Ogbonmwan charged employers of labors to embrace new cultures. She noted although millennials highly misunderstood in the workspace, however, employers of labour should make provisions for flexibility of work hours, training, mentorship, and teamwork.
To underscore the essence of the event, Adesanya noted, “We see the boot camp as the right place for refueling and re-energizing of a workforce. We also see it as answering the deficiency of leadership in the workforce, in Africa and the world at large. We see it impacting more life than any other of its kind. We try to touch on an intellectual, spiritual, physical, philosophical and psychological aspect of people.”
BY ADENIKE FAGBEMI