Without apology, I dare say that majority of Ekiti people are sensible, rational thinking folks that appreciate purposeful leadership. Purposeful leadership is assiduous in the quest to improve the indices of living standards of even the unborn generation.
Therefore, the majority of Ekiti (sensible and rational in thoughts) have readily recognized and do appreciate the leadership direction provided by the Dr. John Kayode Fayemi-led Administration. As exemplified, leadership isn’t all about self, rather self sacrifice and denial are inclusive of the attributes required of good leadership.
JKF, Ekiti feels you sir!!
You sure have justified that (ILUFEMILOYE) title coined on the tongues of many of your followership at home and diaspora. Notable public commentators, stakeholders and elder statesmen have wisely chosen not to make comparisons or juxtapose your trailblazing performance in 100 days with any previous administration (including your first tenure), I respectfully tow that line and do anxiously await the one year in office milestone by God’s grace, our life wont be cut short…..I will bring my drums out!!
The enemy of Ekiti (Prosperity) is that person and machinery that rudely interrupted an otherwise well articulated plan for Ekiti Development.
The points below are instructive to future leadership, learning from the folly perpetuated on Ekiti by the immediate past administration from 2014 to 2018:
• An unchecked ego can warp perspective or twist values. Managing ego’s craving for fortune, fame, and influence is the prime responsibility of any leader. When we’re caught in the grip of the ego’s craving for more power, we lose control. Ego makes us susceptible to manipulation; it narrows our field of vision; and it corrupts our behaviour, often causing us to act against our values.
• Ego is like a target we carry with us. And like any target, the bigger it is, the more vulnerable it is to being hit. In this way, an inflated ego makes it easier for others to take advantage of. Because our ego craves positive attention, it can make us susceptible to manipulation. It makes us predictable. When people know this, they can play to our ego. When we’re a victim of our own need to be seen as great, we end up being led into making decisions that may be detrimental to ourselves, our people, and our organization.
• An inflated ego also corrupts our behaviour. When we believe we’re the sole architects of our success, we tend to be ruder, more selfish, and more likely to interrupt others. This is especially true in the face of setbacks and criticism. In this way, an inflated ego prevents us from learning from our mistakes and creates a defensive wall that makes it difficult to appreciate the rich lessons we glean from failure.
• Finally, an inflated ego narrows our vision. The ego always looks for information that confirms what it wants to believe. Basically, a big ego makes us have a strong confirmation bias. Because of this, we lose perspective and end up in a leadership bubble where we only see and hear what we want to. As a result, we lose touch with the people we lead, the culture we are a part of, and ultimately our clients and stakeholders.
Away from digression, to order of the day
When you, as an individual is a blessing to your generation and future generations, attainment of that iconic status is inevitable. Legendary feats come naturally. Observers and commentators on Ekiti affairs remain dazzled at the sheer ingenuity by Gov Fayemi to keep to his words of completing ongoing and abandoned State projects.
The four pillars through which JKF promises will be delivered to the people are Social Investment, Knowledge economy, Infrastructure and Industrial development, and agriculture and rural development.
The story continues….
Ojú ló ńkán owó tó sọnù; ìgbà wo ni níná ò ní kàn án tẹ́lẹ̀? /
The sum of money that got lost is merely in haste; would it not be spent, eventually?
[Be patient; let things evolve at their time].
.Borisade is the Senior Special Assistant on Media (Online) to the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi.