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Basic Virtues Of A Good Leader: A Review

Posted: Sep 20, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Title:  Remarks to Leadership and Good Governance in Africa

Author:  Obute Nathan Agada

Reviewer:  Yemi Adebisi

Publisher:  T & D Press Limited Port Harcourt

No of pages:  272

One of the major challenges of most African countries is the subject of leadership. For real, lots of valuable resources have been wasted or confiscated by careless, selfish and corrupt leaders in Africa. Till date, some countries are yet to be free from the chains of bad governance. No wonder the youth and few elites that have not lost their sanity to virus of corruption are crying daily for African leadership emancipation.

BooksThe author of the book under review, Remarks to Leadership and Good Governance in Africa: Re-Engineering Leadership With Positive Virtues Through Politics And Administration From The Top Down, Obute Nathan Agada, has done the nation proud by compiling this detailed treasure to deal with this issue with the aim of rescuing the fortune of the coming generation.

The concept of leadership with positive virtues, through politics and administration on good governance from the top down has been greatly misused and misapplied for ages. The need to explain the true meaning of this concept and all they are all interwoven and relate together for a better understanding cannot be over-emphasised.

Leadership, according to the author is the ability to plan, organise, control and direct for effective and efficient utilization of scarce resources.

Some schools of thought have, however, assumed that leadership is inborn and from the explanation given in this book, it is clearly stated that leadership is not inborn but rather, it is acquired with the aim of solving diverse problems that have encumbered humans for ages.

It is obvious that the concept of leadership with positive virtues on good governance, if successfully managed, with the tools of politics and administration, will result in good governance.

Good governance is enhanced by effective and efficient leadership.

This book therefore helps to x-ray and bring to the fore the hidden meaning of a true leader.

Looking through history we have leaders such as biblical Joseph and Daniel who implored great political and administrative skills that impacted positively on leadership emancipation.

These concepts were extensively discussed in this book for a thorough grasp of the subject.

The book is able to bring to light the fact that you do not have to be well connected or propped up by special interest groups.  You do not have to be a member of a political party. You can stand on your feet and speak your mind with truth and integrity because if people like your vision, they will stand by you.

The author infers that the standard operating procedure in our political system today is that everyone is owned, either by one of the political parties or by special interest groups.

In his opinion, term limits should be encouraged as the most effective means of keeping career politicians out of the system. It opines that after an individual serves the prescribed term, usually two terms under the executive organ of government, he gets a one-way ticket back to the private sector. When all these are put in place, good governance is enhanced.

The book also explains the true meaning of Public Administration as an art with the organisation of government policies and programmes as well as the behavior of officials formally responsible for their conduct.

The book is aimed at bringing the sterling virtues of a leader in using the skills of politics and administration to display exceptional leadership acumen which helps to promote good governance in Africa.

By and large, the author, with his rare professional prowess, settles our quest on such relative but important terms like leadership, politics, administration, positive virtues of leaders and their respective impacts on good governance.

Former governor of Imo State, Chief Achike Udenwa, in the foreword to the book, says the author’s undeniable skills in the making of the book, authoritatively provided the right knowledge by recommending altruistic leaders with devotion to the welfare of others with reference to great leaders like late President Nelson Mandela of South Africa; Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and General Murtala Mohammed of Nigeria.

The book celebrates and honours the supremacy of God in making a highly effective leader.

It is a must-read for all young people with a hunger for effective leadership that enhances good governance in Africa.

The author, Agada is a multi-faceted, talented and gifted young resourceful Chartered Accountant.

As a prolific writer, he has authored five other books to his credit.

Agada presently works as the head, Finance & Account with a multi-billion Naira Construction company in Port Harcourt.