By Codratus Godson
Four-time minister and Alabo of Kalabari, Tonye Graham- Douglas, has urged Nigerian elites to take a study of the various aspects of leadership to enable them face the task of pulling Nigeria out of a mirage of crisis through what he called impactful leadership.
The Alabo said the latest book on leadership written by a management expert and leadership coach, Godwin Orovwiroro (PhD), is the type of resource material needed by both aspiring and existing leaders to develop strategic management systems to handle tasks before them. He said leadership is the chain that pulls all other segments of the society to doom or boom.
The four-time minister who served under two military heads of state, Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha in various ministries such as aviation, youth, sports, women affairs, etc, said he management practitioners would find the book, ‘Secrets of Impactful Leaders’, highly useful.
He commended Orovwiroro, a top manager and customer relationship expert in the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED), for developing a scientific standard and tools of measurement to assess those offering themselves for leadership in 2019. “This is display of imagination; inside is the wealth of the author”, he added.
The Alabo who wrote the forward, said as the election comes closer, the new book serves as a barometer and offers the principles that would help the rest members of the society to know how to interpret leadership and help the leaders to re-brand themselves. It would help them understand how to handle intricate circumstances, he said.
Graham-Douglas who began his career in the Nigerian Refinery in Port Harcourt and re-branded it into a Nigerian managed outfit described the book as an ‘intellectual takeaway’. He ordered 50 copies to share to his friends at home and abroad to press for grooming of minds and management of human resources that create a pool of leaders expected to take Nigeria to the next level.
In his review, an administrator and one time commissioner in the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC), Nimi Walson Jack, said the 352-page book design and cover showed that the publishing industry in Nigeria and Port Harcourt has advanced a lot.
He agreed with the Alabo that leaders need a lot of reading, saying it is now easy, through the new book by Orovwiroro, to understand the factors that pushed most leaders into certain deeds that baffled the citizens. He said those who wanted to be leaders should first learn how to manage the 24 hours per day that nature gave them.
Walson-Jack who described the book as leaders’ digest said it can pass as an encyclopedia of knowledge and a summary of most of the books and authorities on leadership.
In his remarks, the author, Orovwiroro, said he was inspired by a Port Harcourt-based Pentecostal cleric, George Izunwa; and 11 years after, he has dropped five books on Management and Leadership. “It started by teaching people informally until now that I write books and lecturer in the Port Harcourt Business School”.