Leadership Archives

Plying the precise path to the peak

By Goke Ilesanmi

Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well. Therefore, it is imperative to aspire to be at the peak of your career or business. That is, the highest level. To achieve this feat, you must have the mentality that the sky is the beginning not the limit of your potential for personal or corporate success because you are capable of reaching farther into the success moon and stars through exceptional commitment, outstanding performance and/or distinction. Your ambition is attainable because whatever good idea you conceive and believe in as an individual or organisation, you definitely can achieve. Read the rest of this entry

Empowering yourself with interpersonal skills

By Goke Ilesanmi

I was held up in traffic jam one day, and as I was thinking about how I could wriggle my way out, a hawker came close to me and rudely knocked on my window glass. I thought he wanted to draw my attention to something on my car, so I wound down. To my amazement, he said he had been signalling to me for some minutes to buy something from him but I did not look at him. That was why he had to knock on my glass like that. I looked at him angrily and then told him to leave. Read the rest of this entry

Making your team committed through listening

By Goke Ilesanmi

Have you ever taken time to find out the level of commitment of your team as a manager or leader? If you have, what is the result of your findings – low or high? If the result shows their commitment level is low, this may be due to many reasons. One of them may be your failure to listen to your team. Superior leadership involves listening to your subordinates to get their valuable input, and it is rewarded with their trust in you and their commitment to the job. Read the rest of this entry

Enhancing performance with high expectations

By Goke Ilesanmi

performanceEconomic performance is the basic function and contribution of any business enterprise, and the major purpose of its establishment. To achieve economic performance and results, a lot of (hard) work is required, and the work has to be thought through and done with direction, method and purpose. Peter Drucker, a renowned business management consultant says to make any business effective, the executive can start with a model of the “ideal business” Read the rest of this entry

By Goke Ilesanmi

 Effective leadership results in great organisations that have reputation for productivity and profitability. Leadership is about piloting an organisation into the future by discovering and utilising available opportunities. It is not an exaggeration to conclude that only few organisations have effective leaders today despite the fact that effective leadership is greatly needed from more and more people, irrespective of where they are in the organisational hierarchy. It is wrong to say some extraordinary people at the top can offer all the necessary leadership needed today in an organisation. Read the rest of this entry

One potent tool of leadership success

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

Leadership is developed not discovered. The truly-born leader will always emerge, but to stay on top, natural leadership characteristics must be developed. It is leadership that allows for innovation. Leadership results in well-run organisations that are known for efficiency and profitability.

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How Clear Is Your Vision?

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

Your exposure or experience determines the level of your knowledge. According to the Nigerian Yoruba tribe folklore, there was a man who was tired of life because he was financially poor and had just one or two clothes. He therefore headed for the bush to hang himself. On getting there, he was about hanging himself when he looked down from the top of the tree and saw a naked man walking along, thanking God that he was better than a deaf-and-dumb man around that could not verbally communicate his feelings.

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Your Path to Successful Leadership

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

It has been established that every human being has potential for leadership. But in spite of this latent ability, it is only few people that discover and utilise their leadership talent. It takes time to become a leader. John Maxwell, a renowned leadership expert educates that while a few people are born leaders, the ability to lead is actually a collection of skills, nearly all of which can be learnt and sharpened. Contrary to Maxwell’s submission on born leaders, Myles Munroe, a popular motivational speaker says leaders are not born, but are created by life. Hans Finzel, author of “The Top 10 Mistakes Leaders Make” reinforces Munroe’s assertion by submitting that top-flight leaders are not born, but they learn by example.

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Difference between management and leadership

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

It is common to talk about leaders in Nigeria, for instance. But we have in most cases rulers not leaders, especially that our society has not really had the expected development. In the corporate environment, there are many managers but few leaders. That is why many organisations are not making any headway today.

 

Critical management elements

Five basic elements are critical to the success of any organisation. These are quality or unique product; proper timing; adequate capital; people resources; and effective management.  Among these five prerequisites, the most important one is the fifth one, that is, effective management.

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