Many people downplay the role of classic presentations and and display of oratory skills by leaders, I just shake my head in pity. The leader is a salesman, constantly selling his visions; casting the image of the final destination before the followers/people. No wonder, we have been rightly tagged as a visionless big Nation. No wonder, the few orators we had made great impacts: Chief Awolowo, Chief Ladoke Akintola, Chief Bola Ige, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Anthony Enahoro etc.
Rather than selling their visions convincingy, leaders now throw money around to get people’s support and consequently, we are recycling the same mistakes after every administration. There’s nothing like the ‘Nigerian Dream’, no great vision to unite all tribes and tongues; we never had any, only regional goals from sectional leaders.
When husband and wife can harmonise their visions, the children or wards are bound to be great. Unity of purpose is very essential and would take great speeches to bring such into our political space. We need leaders who are great vision salesman, ones with unifying visions and can deliver it in such a way that everyone would want to run with him.
I never met Awolowo in person but I know how much we believed in him and his words; so much that we see him in the moon every evening and believed he can do anything. Wao! That was unbelievable. Chief Bola Ige too was something else with speeches; propelling people even to post election violence. What do we have now? Nobody gathers to political rallies without assurance of handouts afterwards. The people have lost hope so much that they only want to live for the moment.
In public leadership, it’s not enough to know what to do but you must be able to communicate such to the people and have “a call to action”. What do you want to do, how do you intend to !do it, how does it benefit everyone, (not just the leader and the elites) and who are the people to champion the cause? All these questions must be answered convincingly to the people. Even the federal government has the national orientation agency to help in such communication but I guess this agency has nothing to communicate. What a shame, what a pity?
I am not against the present administration but I am very displeased with their visionless operations; just handling issues as they crop up, not strengthening our institutions first, not casting the vision and expecting Nigerians to just patiently wait for change. All the past leaders did same thing, kept asking for patience and we had fifty years of waiting patiently for nothing.
As a leader, you must convince me we have a mutual destination for me to follow you. I don’t follow anyone on assumptions, I did that before and regretted it greatly. The ability to communicate effectively is a “plus” that every leader must possess to be great. In Nigeria, because of the poverty level, many of us (leaders) just chase money because we believe that is paramount to the people than the vision or manifestos. The reader is a leader because he has built capacity to lead and deliver on promises.
Leadership Quote: “You ask, What is our policy? I will say; ‘It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.’ You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory—victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.” By Sir Winston Churchill, the great leader with exceptional oratory skills.
Good morning friends, have a great day and pleasant weekend.