This morning quickly I want to discuss 3 tools to birth a new bud of leaders, this same tool as help so many organization and nation to raise generation of leaders. They are powerful tools that can turn a family, firm or country around. Come on board, sit, and relax as I take you through a journey of 150km/hr.
One evening, my late father told me to look at the life style of the plantain, that before it is harvested, nature already made provision for another bud of it to continue the generation, my late father concluded by saying”There is no success without a successor and to multiply success you must raise many replica of yourself” Success is about LEARN, ACT, TEACH AND RELEARN.
Leading is about showing people a specific direction to a preferable future, how then can a lost man show the road to a lost man, to get to this future we need to get knowledge through EDUCATION, skill through EMPOWERMENT, build strong value system or character through MENTORING.
EDUCATION: The day you stop learning, you start dying-Anonymous and Education is the most important tool to secure our nation and our future-Barack Obama
The reality of a nation is proportional to the capacity of knowledge of it citizens, any nation who would come out of mediocrity to relevance must put education first, I have said it we must grow the capacity of our citizens to what we will be in need of in future, educating the mind of a protégé enlighten his/her mind, it is a blank cheque whatever you write on it is what it will cash out. We must feed the heart and mind of our protégé with audio, video, and books that will inspire them to aspire for success.
MENTORING: People learn better from what we do than what we say. Many leaders find this challenging because they are full of rot, their character are not worth writing about, there are many do as I say and not do as I do leaders, we must ACT what we SAY, Stephen R Covey said Our life is like an Iceberg in the sea, the larger part in the water that no one can see is the character/habit which most people do not pay attention to but the small part which people applaud is the technique/skill which everyone want to have. I have learnt that what will help you gain momentum fast, and help your protégé quickly become who you want them to be is first being what you want them to be.
Finally, Charles R Swindoll said “My attitude it is more important than my education, finances, my achievement…” Mentoring is not for ready-made people, it is for crude, useless, irresponsible failures, so if you call yourself a mentor be careful because when I meet a mentor he/she must be able to tell me about the foolishness and madness of his/her protégé, it is not a 6 month thing, it is a relationship that can last up to 3 year because it is holistic.
EMPOWERMENT: This must come last but it is unfortunate than many want power first before education or mentoring, we want money, capital, but I will never stop anyone who want skill as a route to money, we must engage in skill acquisition, Protégé must be committed to learn a trade, a skill or do a business, communication skill, ethics, computer skill, managerial skill, etc are essential to thrive in the our world where unemployment is the other of the day. Mentors must ensure that apart from their protégé going to school they must also acquire practical skill.
ILLUSRATION: to raise a bud or plant you need SUN(MENTORING) to give CHLOROPHYLL(CHARACTER) this make the plant green(FRUITFUL), you need the SOIL(EDUCATION/INFORMATION) to hold and supply micro and macro nutrient(KNOWLEDGE) to the plant, you also need WATER(EMPOWERMENT) to sustain the plant for survival(MONEY AND SKILL)
Who can plant without soil, sun or water. Our protégés are the seed while the mentors are the husbandry man whatever we want them to be we must be ready to pay the price.