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Johnson Charges Young Entrepreneurs On Leadership

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Posted: Sep 9, 2016 at 12:06 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ikechi Nzeako.

Richmond Dayo Johnson is the chief executive officer at The Richmond Johnson Academy for Social Polish, a company that provides bespoke training, workshops, seminars and master classes to academic institutions, corporate organisations and not-for-profit organisations on peak performance, empowerment, public speaking, etiquette and modern business manners. Speaking to a group of young entrepreneurs at a programme that was organised by Young Business leaders of Nigeria (YBLN), he said they should provide leadership to their workers, adding that a leader motivates and not dominate or manipulate his followers.

Also speaking at the programme, Frank Sellin, deputy director, Public Affairs, Consular General of the United States, Lagos, said that the United States government is interested in the development of the Nigerian economy and is actively engaged in developing and empowering young entrepreneurs to drive the process of economic development.

Sellinn stated that this is the reason the United States government sponsors many Nigerian to the Mandela Washington Programme where their entrepreneurial and leadership skills are horned. He urged Nigerian youth between the ages of 18 and 35 years to apply for the programme.

However, Johnson stated that true leaders do not seek leadership and they are usually victims of a purpose, adding that it takes a leader to raise another. He said one does not need a title to be a leader, adding that a bearer of a title without a mantle will always struggle to assert himself or herself.

Johnson posited that the young entrepreneurs use all means to communicate with staff; regard associates as competent people; create a positive atmosphere free from rigidity; show staff loyalty and support and set challenging and ambitious goals for their staff.

He urged them not to ask people to do things you won’t do; not to forget that trust is a two-way process; not to take sides or show favouritism and not dissuade staff from speaking out.

He argued that leadership requires character and technical competence, adding that it is character that makes people to trust a leader. He stated that in order to build trust, they must exemplify character and competence.

According to him, the discipline of writing things down is the first step towards making it happen, adding that one can get away with all kinds of vagueness and nonsense arising from enthusiasm while talking, but putting thoughts on paper forces one to get down to specifics. This, he said, makes it harder to deceive self or anybody else.

The public speaking expert said that a leader encourages, praises and salutes, raises other leaders and gets things done through others. According to him, a leader is a good communicator, keen listener, has integrity and inspires trust, adding that he is organised with proclivity for detail.

He stated that leaders administer, originate, develop, inspire trust and think long-term.

According to Johnson, “The ability to concentrate single-mindedly on your most important tasks, do them well and to complete them satisfactorily, is one of the keys to great success, achievement, respect, status and happiness in life.”

He urged the young entrepreneurs to have clarity of thought, purpose, direction and focus in all they do.

He told them to work on high priority tasks first.

He asked them to concentrate on one task at a time; make sure that tasks are handled more effectively in the time schedule; set objectives are attained as effectively as possible; tasks which can be performed by others are delegated.

The business leader told the young entrepreneurs to take time to discuss the job with the person a job is delegated and agree upon what must be done, adding that the more time one discusses and agrees upon the end result or objective, the more effort one makes to achieve absolute clarity-the faster the job will be done once the person starts on it.