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SUNDAY TONIC; CONDUTING LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE WITH THE FEAR OF GOD

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Excerpts from a Lecture delivered by Femi Adelegan at the Men’s Forum Meeting of the Sword of the Spirit Ministries, Abuja, Nigeria in 2015. It is to be noted that only a thin line distinguishes leadership from governance. Leadership is a calling — An endowment. That is the reason why Personality A could exhibit better leadership traits than Personality B. Leadership is found in all classes of any society, irrespective of age, the young and the old; male and female inclusive. As defined by R. K. Greenleaf: “Leadership facilitates goal accomplishment by giving its team members what they need in order to be productive.” That explains why certain decisions are formulated in the overall interest of all, by a few people recognized to play the difficult task of leading others. It follows, therefore, that to be able to be regarded a leader, certain virtues like honesty, inherent capabilities, forthrightness, commitment and dedication to a defined cause, in addition to an excellent spirit, must be exhibited by the chosen or elected leader.  For a leader to be able to lead successfully, responsibility must be balanced with authority. You don’t just assign responsibilities at all levels without adequate backing that would aid accomplishment of results. That is the essence of power and its application by leaders. REQUIREMENTS It is often said that the type of leaders a nation has determines its direction, purpose, vision, and mission that are combined factors that drive the development of the society. A leader must have the capacity to change his home for the better, change the environment for good, influence children and followers, and proffer solutions to problems in a manner that would appeal to his/her children or followers, with the attendant effect of motivating them to assist in providing solutions to problems. One time Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Prof. Adebayo Adedeji (may his sould rest in peace)  has asserted that “The difference between a leader and a follower is that the former leads a group, a nation, or a region of the earth, through crisis situations to triumph, and prosperity; while the latter simply follows the trends…. A leader, particularly, a political leader without a vision, is a fraud on society, and a country that is unfortunate to be afflicted with that kind of leadership is doomed to move from one crisis to another.’’   Men, as leaders and governors of family…

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