How to achieve influential leadership in an organization by University don

A lecturer in the Department of Educational Management, Faculty of Education, University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria, Prof. D.O Durosaro, has enumerated seven steps that could be taken by people holding leadership position in any organization in order to be able to inspire, achieve and attain influential leadership.

Prof. Durosaro who spoke at a one-day seminar organizedby the Counselingand Human Development Centre ( CHDC), Adeyemi College of Education ( ACE) Ondo for Academic and Non-Academic staff of the institution on Tuesday July 18, 2017, listed the steps to include
display of self-discipline, showing of interest in workers job satisfaction, involvement of workforce in decision making, acquisition of knowledge on human behaviours as well as display of human relations, seeking the face of God and showing exemplary life- style.

The Education Management lecturer described an organization as a social system consisting of human beings, who are able and willing to contribute action towards realization of common goal. He highlighted the importance of leadership stating that for any organization to achieve its set goals and objectives, somebody must be brought in to control, coordinate and evaluate their performance. Prof. Durosaro emphasized the role to be played by people in leadership position stating that a good leader must be influential and possess ability to inspire workers by making them happy saying doing so would help in achieving the goal of the organization.

He also harped on the need for people in leadership position to identify role expectation of workers by making sure that the duties assigned to them fall in line with their qualification and

In addition, the University don also charged people in position of authority who wants to excel to always look for fundamental factors that can motivate people to work saying the move would boost their image as a good leader.

Similarly, while speaking on the same topic, the Registrar, Federal University Oye-Ekiti ( FUOYE), Mr. Daniel Adeyemo, stressed the importance of communication in leadership and advised people in position of authority to always use sense of judgment in deciding the best course of action and leadership style to use at any particular situation.

His word: ‘’ What we do in one situation will not always work in another situation. The situation determines the kind of style you are going to employ’’ he remarked. Adeyemo listed three types of leadership styles as authoritarian/Autocratic, Participatory/Democratic and Delegative. He advised people in leadership position to always adopt a system that would
bring success to their administration and make them a good leader.

The FUOYE Registrar highlighted attributes of a good leader to include ability to motivate subordinates, proper utilization of resources, taking of good decisions, proper delegation of power, seeking educational improvement as well as entrenchment of leadership values
in organization, good management of stress and effective use of oral communication.

Also in a paper presented entitled: ‘’ Developing Skills for Better Impact in the Workplace’’, which was delivered separately by two staff of ACE, Dr. Adegunloye and Mrs. Adeyinka Tugbiyele respectively for Teaching and Non-Teaching staff of the College, they emphasized the need for staff of the institution to develop their skills saying the move would help them perform their jobs effectively.

In his presentation, Dr. Adegunloye, former Dean, School of Vocational and Technical Education, emphasized the importance of skill acquisition, punctuality at work places and efficient time management.

He equally stressed the importance of knowledge acquisition, and therefore, urged workers in the College to seek constantly for self improvement in order to enhance their career and add values to the College.

Also in her presentation, Mrs. Adeyinka Tugbiyele, emphasized the importance of workers to any organization and explained that since workers are the essential drivers of production in any organization, there is need for their skills, knowledge and values to be developed stating that the step would enhance higher productivity and increase efficiency.

On what is required of leaders in any organization, Mrs. Tugbiyele advised them to develop problem solving skills that would give them the leverage to take responsibility for what is done under their supervision.

She equally stressed the importance of digital technology and importance of Information Communication Technology stating that workers should endeavor to acquire computer knowledge so as to become computer literate, relevant and make positive impact in their work

The Deputy Registrar, Council Affairs ACE also spoke on time Management, training of workers, stress management, socialization, mentorship and need for the acquisition of practical on the job experience and advised organizations to place more emphasis on the developmentof workers skill stating that the step would enable them to make positive contributions in their organizations.

In his remarks, the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, represented by the College Acting Registrar, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede lauded the organizers of the seminar and urged them not to relent in introducing other programmes that would help in enriching academic
excellence in the College.

The Provost reiterated the determination of his administration to continue to support programmes and activities that would add values to the lives of workers in the institution.
Prof. Ogen enjoined participants to make judicious use of the knowledge gained at the seminar by putting it into use at their various duty posts.

Earlier in an address of welcome, the Acting Director, Couselling and Human Development Centre, Dr. (Mrs.) Caroline Obasoro stated that the seminar was organized with the objective of developing executive leadership in the institution so as to enhance efficiency and achieve
improved service delivery among its workforce.

She expressed optimism that at the end of the seminar, participants would have gained knowledge that would inspire them to make positive impact in various leadership positions they occupy in the College.

The Acting Director CHDC thanked the College Management for approving the seminar and efforts at promoting academic excellence in the institution.

The programme held at the Babatunde Ipaye lecture theater was attended by some principal officers of the College including the Acting Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi, Deans and Directors, Heads of Departments and Units and Deputy Registrars in charge of Council
Affairs, Mrs. Yinka Tugbiyele; Admission, Mr. Peter Okunniga; Junior Staff Establishment, Mrs. Kehinde Fajiye; General Administration, Mrs. Victoria Akpe; Deputy Registrar, Senate Affairs, Mr. Robert Mayokun Akinkuoye, staff and students among others.