CLERIC LINKS BAD LEADERSHIP TO SKILL GAP
The Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, Oregun Lagos, Rev. Sam Adeyemi has identified lack of training as bane of bad leadership in Nigeria.
He made the disclosure in Lagos at the weekend, while addressing newsmen at the press conference ahead of the church’s yearly Excellence in Leadership Conference with the topic “The Making of a leader” billed for Friday November 9-11 at the Daystar Christian Centre.
The cleric, who has been teaching on leadership for over a decade now, said it was obviously to everyone that today the greatest need of the country at this crucial moment is good leadership, which according to him, has eroded the country over the years.
He said the passion of the church was to train men and women of character and competence to model their lives after Jesus Christ.
Lamenting that people have misconstrued what leadership is all about, Adeyemi said ”leadership is not position but people believe it is the position that makes you a leader and because that position is higher than those of others then they believe they are superior to everyone else”.
As long as we hold on to that concept of leadership our people will be in oppression for a long time and they will lack the capacity to transform this country and their own lives.
In Daystar Christian Centre, we believe that been a leader does not make you superior to the people you lead. God created all human beings equal its our roles that differ. In fact, being a leader gives the authority, and the resources to serve the people that you lead. So we are trying to redefine the concept of leadership the way it should be.
Arguing that politics is not the quickest way to prosper, Adeyemi said there are basic principles that guide successful leadership. He called on government at various levels to establish institutions that would offer Diploma programmes, certificate programmes, First degree, master’s degree and doctorate programmes among others in leadership.
He said “in our country today, we do not have accredited institutions that produce or create leadership and being a church that has divine mandate from God to produce leaders, we have begun to approach the issue from various dimensions. I have discussion with an ex-governor some time ago on apparent lack of competence displayed by many who occupy leadership position in Nigeria today. But he gave me illustration that Nigeria is like an aircraft that is being flown by a pilot that never went to flying school.
When the plane crashes everybody blames the pilot. Before, we blame the people who occupy leadership positions and accuse them of incompetence, let us ask ourselves questions: did we train them how to lead? Where did they learn leadership? Who modeled correct leadership to them? So lack of competence is a cultural problem for us today. It is not only for the people in politics, it is a problem in church ministry; it is a problem for us in educational institutions and it is problem even in our businesses; it is also a problem in our homes and therefore to lead, you must see yourself as serving the people you lead”.
October 30th, 2012
By Chris Irekamba