Nigerians have been urged to vote transformational leaders with superior vision and capacity to initiate and deliver policies and programmes to meet the critical needs of the people, as well as build a greater country.
Group Managing Director of TL First Consulting Group, Prof. Olusegun Olasode, stated this at a strategy workshop it organised for permanent secretaries of Federal Government ministries in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Olasode said ahead of the 2023 general elections, Nigerians should vote transformational leaders who do not only have better vision and focus, but have the strategies and capacity to deliver their ideas to meet the needs of the Nigerian people.
He stressed that the country required leaders, who understood the people, adding that effective, transformational and innovative leaders who knew what to do to meet the needs of the citizens for a better society was the solution to the many challenges of the country.
He also harped on the need to build better and stronger institutions that would constantly produce better leaders, since leaders were usually not imported, adding that transformational leaders were efficient, effective, innovative, purpose-driven with better vision that would eventually transform their followers.
Speaking on the theme of the workshop: Leading Change And Building Institutional Legacy, Olasode emphasised that accounting officers should move from transactional and process-driven civil servants to transformative and strategic permanent secretaries.
He urged them to take a cue from similar exercises and work of consultants in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Korea, Finland, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Israel and Estonia.
“You must move away from being transactional to transformational leaders. This is important, because everything stops with leadership in the system, citizens, experience, state welfare and the socio-economic development of the people.
“It is all about the quality of leaders to envision a better future and to develop the right systems, processes and strategies to be able to deliver that future,’ he stated.
He pointed out that poor leadership usually affect the country and the people, adding that ineffective leader slowed down progress in any environment whether in business or public sector environments.
The TL First Consulting Group supported the permanent secretaries to take a common position in developing a strategic framework for professional and high-performing workforce through capacity building, emotional intelligence, process efficiency, robust policy support and digitisation.