Experts task African leaders on coaching for transformation
Experts have tasked African leaders to adopt coaching skills, with a view to transforming the continent.
This came up at the 4th Africa Coaching Week (ACW), hosted by Life Coaches Association of Nigeria (LCAN), at the weekend, in Lagos. The theme was Coaching: Inspiring the Next Frontier for Africa’s Relevance’.
At the event, certified Coach and Senior Pastor, Harvesters International Christian Centre, Bolaji Idowu; Director of Google in West Africa, Juliet Ehimuan; LCAN Chairman, Dr Lanre Olusola (The Catalyst), and Convener, The Platform Nigeria, Poju Oyemade, noted that leadership is about inspiring people to make impact.
Speaking on leadership as a tool for continental transformation, Idowu explained that a missing link in leadership is coaching, noting that many leaders are not self-aware and are surrounded by sycophants.
Using an onion for illustration, Idowu explained that the primary goal of a coach is unlocking potential, which will aid a leader to be more constructive after the potential is uncovered.
Stressing that great initiatives that do not affect human lives become useless, he urged the public to be more people-centric and understand leadership from a very humanistic approach.
He said: “The greatest fear of a leader is the fear he had when he was a follower. The leadership post only amplified it. You don’t find leaders; you grow leaders.”
Ehimuan said leadership starts with self, noting that capacity-building in oneself, having a clear vision, ability to inspire, motivate, build trust and mobilise people into action are required for effective leadership.
She noted that the kind of leadership needed in Africa is getting people to see possibilities where there is a lot of seeming impossibilities, and helping people to feel inspired to create their realities.
Olusola said coaching plays a significant role in helping Africa achieve her importance. According to him, leadership is an amplification of a person’s ability to do something or the person’s personality.
“The fear of a leader is missing out, being vulnerable, success, and being found out,” he said.
He noted that coaching is a profession and urged coaches to become members of the association.
On his part, Oyemade noted that greed is one of the leadership challenges in Africa. Hence, leaders need to leverage coaching, and self-enlightening interest to redirect selfishness into collective good, whereby there is a better stand in the society.
He said music and cultural heritage are the areas of major relevance in Nigeria and that the real strength of Africa is its youth population. He urged anyone who comes into leadership to tap into the talent of the youth.
“Wherever you find yourself, in any stage in your career, your attitude is the most important,” he added.
Also, president LCAN, Omawumi Ogbe said in terms of providing the solution to the problems and challenges faced over the years, the role of personal coaching has been recognized
Additionally coaching plays a significant role in helping Africa achieve its potential as coaching is a process that allows organisations, individuals, and corporate brands to improve their performance and achieve their goals, it is based on the premise that everyone has the potential to grow with proper support they can achieve great things.
She noted that the mission of the association is to standardize the coaching practice, support transformative living and inspire change in Africa
The association also launched its quarterly magazine publication for the ACW
Other Panelists Dr. Janet Adetu, Dupe Wigwe moderated by Dr. Abiola Salami on the high-level plenary spoke on organisational transformation and coaching as a leadership tool.