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‘How to achieve effective leadership for organisational change’


Blurred text with a focus on leadershipFormer Minister of Agriculture, Professor Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah, has identified open communication, team unity and capacity building as basic leadership tools for organisational change.

Speaking at the Investiture of the 20th President and Chairman of Council of Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) in Lagos, Abdullah adduced that the importance of effective leadership cannot be over emphasised, adding that, organisations must ensure that those basic tools are effectively used.

Abdullah, who spoke on the topic: “Effective Leadership For Organisational Change Management in Nigeria,” stated that effective leadership promotes good results, even under difficult circumstances.

According to him, psychoanalysts provide a frame that leaders must fulfil, adding that, “a leader must provide for the well-being of the led, a leader must provide a social organisation in which people feel relatively secure, and also provide a set of beliefs. Leadership is therefore, an important aspect of all organisations. Leaders and leadership skills have to be cultivated, nurtured and rewarded”.

Besides, he also enumerated three requirements for effective leaderships as;

.developing leaders with a different set of skills;

.changing the risk management mindset; and

.re-evaluating the ownership base by actively seeking out stakeholders that not only demand good short-term results but also share a passion for and commitment to the long-term opportunities.

“Failure of leadership class has continually become a stormy threat to the perceived optimism in Africa.

“If management is defined as getting things done through others, then leadership should be defined as the social and informal sources of influence that is used to inspire action to be taken by others,” Abdullah said.

He noted that, high-quality political and bureaucratic leadership is crucial for reform in the process of building good governance and to eliminate the undulating patterns of corruption.

“Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen,” he said.

Abdullah suggested a way forward for organisational change which include; encouraging action and innovation; build consensus for the need of the change; phased transitions through transformation for resources mismatch; to build recognition for need of the transformation; cultivating leadership experience and focused climate of expectation.
In his speech, the new President and Chairman of Council, NIM, Emeritus Professor Muhammad Munzali Jibril, reiterated that Nigeria like most African countries has been guilty of building strong individuals instead of strong institutions.

“ Nigeria’s high level of poverty is a consequence of the greed, indiscipline and irresponsibility of the Nigerian elite. After fifty-five years of independence, and therefore fifty-five budget cycles, we are still undeveloped because we do not use the resources of the nation for the whole nation but for ourselves as the elite,” he said.

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