Mandela, Only Leader In The World -Prof Adair

// Africa | Mandela, Only Leader In The World -Prof Adair
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

Ailing former South African President, Nelson Mandela, is the only person that deserves to be addressed as a leader in the world today, Prof. John Adair, the world’s first professor of leadership, has said.

photo

Adair, the chair of the United Nations Strategic Leadership Centre, made the assertion on Saturday in a keynote lecture at the ‘Emerging Leaders Conference’ organised by The Punch Newspaper in conjunction with Guardians of the Nation International, a non-profit leadership development organisation, at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

“The only person who deserves the title of ‘a leader’ in the world today is Mandela. He is the one that stands out,” Adair said. He added that, while most leaders eventually lose their moral authority, Mandela had remained credible over the years.

Adair went ahead to speak of a need for great leaders in Nigeria.

He noted that Nigeria deserved great leaders in order to harness the country’s abundant resources.

He said, “The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people because the greatness is already there; the task of leadership is to draw it out.

“Nigeria is a great country — with about 186 million people, full of human and natural resources — there is no question about it. The question is, do you have great leaders? Nigeria deserves great leaders.”

In order to have great leaders, Adair said Nigeria as well as other nations, must invest in the development of young, aspiring leaders.

“Many political leaders emerged without training and preparation. There is need for training for aspiring leaders.

“I will like to see Nigeria leading the way among African countries in providing opportunities for aspiring young leaders,” he said.

Adair, who is also a lecturer on military history and adviser on leadership training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, United Kingdom, and Associate Director of The Industrial Society, said there was a need to convene a conference that would work out a strategy for leadership development in Nigeria.

He stressed that the working group must not necessarily be politicians.

Emphasising the importance of leadership training in the performance of leaders, he said, “Never condemn people for being bad leaders when they have not had the opportunity to understand leadership.”

He said, “There is a revolution from old style management to leadership; a large leadership industry has emerged, billions of dollars have been invested in it but does it work? Has the world become a better place?

“There are question marks — there is a great deal of nonsense that is being talked about as leadership. There is a need to establish leadership on very firm foundations.”

He identified integrity, fairness and justice as some of the attributes of true leaders.

“A leader should be the servant of the people. Success in any organisation or nation depends on leadership at every level.

“What a leader needs is practical wisdom and the ingredients are intelligence, experience and goodness. You could be appointed to a leadership position but you are not a leader until your appointment has been ratified in the hearts and minds of those working for you.

“You cannot transform people into leaders overnight, what you can do is to take people with potential and add value to that potential,” Adair said.

He also advised Nigerian authorities to tap the leadership potential at the grassroots by improving living standards in the rural villages.

“If you improve the standard of living in all the villages by 10 per cent, imagine the difference that would make,” he said.

President of GOTNI, Mr. Linus Okorie, also spoke of the need for true leaders in Nigeria.

He said, “Our nation is in search of leadership — we want people to emerge and help save us from our current reality.

“The founding fathers of the country got it wrong by not outlining any ideology for the country.

“The nations that make progress in the world are nations that invest on developing the leadership potential of the young ones, changing their thought patterns to a possibility mindset.”

The conference, which had over 1,000 young people in attendance, has the theme, ‘Leadership for Transformation: From Potential to Performance.’

Dignitaries who spoke in the course of the two-day event include the Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Wale Aboderin, Minister for Youth Development, Inuwa Abdul-Kadir, and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Amb. Godknows Igali.

Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

Stephanie Okereke Linus Addresses Brother's Arrest Over Rape

Stephanie Linus has released a statement addressing the rape allegations against her older brother, Daniel Okereke, who was arrested for allegedly molesting a UNILAG student ... Full story

Three Killed, 10 Houses Burnt In Ibadan Mayhem

At least three people were killed and 10 houses destroyed by armed youths who  invaded Born Photo, Isale Osi, Idi Arere and Popoyemoja in Ibadan ... Full story

Boko Haram Militants Attack Traders In Borno State Market

Many market men and women are feared dead after Boko Haram militants disguised as traders attacked a market in Damasak town in the Mobar Local ... Full story

D'banj Dragged To Court Over Debt Mess

This are indeed not the best times for koko master, and has a matter of fact this is the first time I am hearing D’banj ... Full story

Femi Fani-Kayode insults Governor Rotimi Amaechi - 'You are a pot bellied, house boy, monkey and cultist'

In a Facebook post titled The Pot-bellied Creek Haramite And His Direct Threat, former Aviation minister Femi Fani Kayode slammed River State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, ...

Fresh Boko Haram Attack In Borno State Leaves 45 Dead!

At least 45 people were killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack in northeast Nigeria, officials and witnesses said on Thursday, in the latest violence ... Full story

Nebraska Man Erected A Roadside Sign That Read: 'Aids, Ebola, Obama. Thank You Africa'

A hateful roadside sign blaming Africa for disease and Barrack Obama was erected by a man near a highway in Minden, Nebraska, and was soon ... Full story

President Goodluck Jonathan Says Nigeria Is Winning Boko Haram War

President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday said contrary to media reports, the Federal Government had started winning the war against the Boko Haram sect. He boasted that ...

T.B. Joshua Says He Has A Cure For Ebola

Sensational Nigerian Christian leader, Prophet T.B. Joshua, has thrown a challenge to the governments of countries where persons have contracted the Ebola virus, to invite ... Full story

Super Eagles Of Nigeria Crash Out Of 2015 AFCON

African champions Nigeria crashed out of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday after playing a 2-2 draw with Bafana Bafana of South Africa ... Full story

Pandemonium, Confusion In National Assembly, Speaker Of The House Aminu Tambuwal Tear-Gassed

Tension is mounting in the National Assembly as the House of Representatives reconvenes today for a special sitting. The assembly is under siege as armed security ...

Comment on: Mandela, Only Leader In The World -Prof Adair

Rate this article

0

Featured author

chuky01

Breaking News

I’ve Not Cheated On My Wife Of 7 Years—Kenneth Okonkwo

The entertainment industry has lately been under public scrutiny due to several negative reports emanating from that sector of the Nigerian economy. If an entertainer is ...

Eight varsities benefit from Intel’s ICT training

Eight universities in the country have been engaged in training assistance on Information and Communication Technology from ICT giant, Intel Corporation, as part of efforts ...

Obafemi Martins nominated for goal of the year award

Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins has one of his goals this season nominated for goal of the year award in the Major League Soccer(MLS).‘Obagoal’, as the ...

NEW VIDEO: Oritse Femi ft D’banj – Double Wahala (Part 2)

“After signing a multimillion Naira management deal with AVATAR, the Musical Taliban Oritse Femi releases a brand new video ‘Double Wahala Part 2′ ft the ...

Orji congratulates Enyimba for winning FA Cup

Governor Theodore Orji has congratulated Enyimba Football  Club of Aba for defeating Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt 2-1 in this year’s Federation Cup finals played ...

Ace Comedienne, Helen Paul Puts to Bed

Popular Nigerian comedienne, Helen Paul, aka Tatafo, has put to bed today, November 24, 2014. The humour merchant gave birth to a bouncing baby boy ...

Dele Momodu Pays Surprise Visit To Chris Attoh's New Family As They Christen New Baby

Chief Dele Momodu, the mastermind of Ovation International Magazine visited newly married Chris and Damilola Attoh at their Ghana home this afternoon as they christen ...

Tiwa Savage and Teebillz Seal Up Break-Up Rumour By Celebrating Wedding Anniversary

The duo of Tiwa Savage and Tunji Balogun ‘Teebillz’ have been touted as one of the glamorous celebrity couples in Nigerian’s entertainment industry. Several weeks ago, ...

Beautiful Hajia Aisha Suleiman Abba Emerges As President Of POWA [Pictures}

Hajia Aisha Suleiman Abba the wife of the new IG recently emerged the new President of the Police Officer’s Wives Association (POWA). The hand over was ...

Top Dignitaries Step Out For K1 Live Unusual Concert In Lagos (Pictures)

Friday, November 21, 2014 saw top Nigerian dignitaries assemble under one roof at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island to grace K1's Live Unusual Concert. It was indeed ...