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Why schools should inculcate leadership traits in pupils, by expert

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[File] The Managing Director, MRS Oil Nig. Plc; Mr. Andrew Gbodume addressing the press in 2017 PHOTO:i driftonline


Chief Executive Officer, MRS Oil Nigeria Plc, Mr. Andrew Gbodume, has stressed the need for education managers across the country to expose pupils to leadership roles, so as to help the society groom responsible leaders.

Speaking at the 2018 Press Day of Dansol High School, Agidingbi, Lagos, Gbodume regretted that leadership has been and is still the country’s major problem, adding that the youths must be taught and trained on what it takes to be a good leader.Addressing students and participants from other schools, at the yearly leadership summit organised to inspire and guide students towards choosing the right career, he insisted that only godly leaders with great vision, ideas, stable character, noble behaviour and creative mind will rescue Nigeria.

Narrating how poor leadership in every facet of the nation’s economy has affected growth and development, he urged the students to embrace good morals and put into practice values inculcated in them.He said, “Schools must expose learners to qualities of a good leader and what the nation benefits when the leadership is right.They must be made to understand societal needs and what is expected of them as future leaders of this country.”

Listing qualities of a good leader to the participants, he said, “Strive to be creative, a good leader must be inventive, proactive, accommodating, and change regularly for good. Be like David, Solomon and Daniel, they are good leaders. Think outside the box, be willing, be intuitive and expand your intellectual ability.

There will always be a challenge, but never give up. Learn new ideas, and come up with new ways of doing things.“You must be a listener, good communicator, honest, transparent and think of a good succession plan. You must constantly review your performance, you must get it right with the family unit, if you do, every other thing will be seamlessly progressive. To be a good leader, you must invest in people and above all you must look up to God and be fearful. As young people you must be determined and constantly read articles of successful leaders across all strata.”

Executive Director of the School, Mrs. Olanitori Tara, said the press club of the school organised the programme to build leadership skills and bring to the fore careers and opportunities inherent in the sector. “We are committed to producing God-fearing children and offering excellent education that will enable our students make a difference wherever they are,” she added.


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