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The concept of Leadership is about Team Inspiration

It is the explicit role of leaders, to keep on showing appreciation while asking for feedback from their team, or followers.

The success of your organisation is much dependent on your ability to hold communication with your team members.

Having that ability to rightly communicate with your team can, surely, prove inspiring to your employee.

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Providing them the drive to energise their morale, to be committed and effective at work.

Having knowledge of the right kind of words, however, does not sometimes come that easy.

I would be sharing some important leadership concepts things that leaders ought to voice out to their team members, to help them stay on track.

Knowing what to say, to trigger this kind of response is, however, not always easy.

Allowing shared thought

Leaders are good speakers but they are, also, meant to be great listeners.

Often times, leaders talk too much and they do not care to listen to voices that appear lower than their position.

With this type of approach, the leader creates a damaging culture around the team and this would not mean well for the business, in the long run.

Leaders should rather, make available a safe atmosphere for their team to encourage them, so as not to hold back valuable opinions for the organisation.

As a continuous action, people in leadership positions ought to seek the thoughts and ideas of the team.

Appreciate your team

That little appreciation, which you consider not important, might just go a long way for your team members.

As a successful entrepreneur, looking back, you would realise that, you got some support from people around you and they really deserve to get that due appreciation.

When you show appreciation, you are telling your members that they are not just working for you, but with you.

Admit you don’t know

Some may consider this as a sign of weakness, but in reality, it is not.

This is just one of the best things you can do for your team.

This tend to bring a collaboration that leads to a quick solution to the challenge in question.

Your employees are empowered and they tend to be proactive because they saw your genuineness and they would not like the company to go down.

As a leader, you do not have to pretend that you are knowledgeable, when actually you do not have all the answers.

Improving on their performance

Asides showing appreciation to your team members after a job well done, as a leader it is in your position to show them that there is always room for improvement.

When you inflate their ego with your appreciation, make them also realise their shortcomings so that you keep everything balanced.

Ask them what can make their life easier

You can easily say to an employee, “thank you”, or provide necessary tools to make their job productive.

This appears good, but how often do you ask them about their other part of life.

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Asking this question will make them open up to you and who knows, your advice or opinion might just be the solution they require for the challenge.

What are your employees’ interests?

People in leadership positions would need to be genuinely concerned about what motivates his, or her team members.

Getting to know their goals, shows that they are valued by the leader.

With this genuine concern, your team members feel a sense of empowerment and take the necessary steps to take the company to the next level.

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Leadership is Not all About Vision; These Things Will Make your Team Thrive

The idea of leadership is, all about vision; a vision that carries all members of the organisation along.

It shows a picture of common shared values and elements that, motivate the team members, in pushing forward, however, what would drive your team is, just beyond your vision.

Irrespective of the structure of the organisation, here are four things that, good leaders should give their followers, beyond the scope of vision.


The success in leadership is the success of the followers. A leader should set up, in a way, such that, the team has what it takes, to be successful.

There must be a deliberate attempt, to drive expectations, for delivery.

Resources can include, time and people need to facilitate what is required.

As a leader, if all indications show that, this is, what your team needs, then, you need to figure out a way, to get them for your team.


One of the ways, a leader can be responsible for his/her team is, to hold them accountable, for what is expected.

If the team members fail in getting this done, the onus lies on the leader, to correct and teach the team, what to do.

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It is not, necessarily, about discipline, but rather, the habit of making your team members, give an account of their daily, or, weekly job expectations.

This will keep them informed, of what they need to do, to brace up if probably, they are lagging.

The concept of good leadership do not just hold teams for accountability; they, also, must be on the same side of the divide, by being accountable to their followers.


You have an employee that, you know has potentials, but he/she keeps on failing. Have you taken the time, to ask why?

You might just, be the reason for the failure. Probably, somewhere in your mind, you have an expectation, but you never spelled it out.

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A good leader will take it as a responsibility, to make things clear, to the team members.

You do not have to leave them in the dark. Do not let them assume. State it out for them.

Make your communication better. It is up to you, to make sure that, your team understands what is required of them, to deliver the best of results.

An Advocate

Team members want to know that, their leader is, always, there for them. You have to be their advocate, at all times.

As a team leader, your work is, to make sure that, the team can bank on you, even, when you ask them to do what they would not execute, on their own.

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How Can Beta Leaders Transform Your Business?

The old leadership style has seen an age-long dominance, by traditional alpha leaders.

Nowadays, the new generation of leaders appears to be more democratic, while embracing diversity, in the quest for creating a stream of potential leaders.

These leaders do not deny their vulnerability and they can be pretty emotional. They are referred to as beta leaders.

Let us consider some of the characteristics of these beta leaders:

They Are Democratic

Beta leaders have the ability, to leverage every member of their team, in getting them keyed, into the mission and vision of their business.

They prefer to bring out the best, out of their team members, as they realise that, every member of their team, is valuable and their contribution matters.

They Know The Importance Of EQ
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You cannot take away the importance of data, in making important decisions, nevertheless, feelings and emotions cannot be put aside, when it comes to decision making, as they play a huge role in it.

The concept of beta leadership has the ideology that, data cannot prove the validity, of your decision alone. The input of your emotion is, also, important.

Vulnerability Is Not An Issue

There is always, transparency and openness in their game.

They are not afraid, to let out the weak side of their humanity, with their team members.

Showing this side of yourself, to your members, creates an atmosphere, of no tension, thereby, giving room for generating effective ideas.

A beta leader knows the state of their imperfection; they are also prone to mistakes, yet, they are resilient.

They Coach, Rather Than Direct

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The alpha style of directing puts you, in the position of an expert, dictating all that you want your team to do.

Beta leaders, on the other hand, prefer coaching, as a fundamental tool to develop team members.

They Embrace Diversity

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Every company has its own workplace culture. Beta leaders understand that, they are not an island of knowledge.

They, also, cannot know all the cultural background of their team members.

There are so many cultures, filling the workplace. Betas practice “cultural humility”; they understand that, they lack the knowledge to coach people that come from different historical backgrounds.

If they understand where their team came from, they can create a more effective group. Beta leaders do set time aside, to really get to personally know the people that work for them.


What is the Motivation behind the growing interest in Nigerian Politics?

This is actually my first post on Nigerian politics, I try avoid political topics because they usually lead to arguments and hardly does anyone win an argument.

So why am I writing about Nigerian Politics then?

Well it’s very simple the number of people I know gunning for various political positions by the day is actually on the increase, at the last count over 5 people I know personally are seriously in the race for one seat or the other. I ask myself very often what exactly is the motivation? Is it to keep fleecing Nigeria’s resources or is it actually to serve?

My View about Nigerian Politics

In Nigeria, I am of the opinion that politics for now is not about service. Most politicians are out there to grab their share of the Nigerian national cake, I used the word most because I know that there a few exceptions i.e. Raji Fashola of Lagos State and Peter Obi of Anambra State, are a few of the guys making impact (I am not saying they are saints but they have done pretty well). Man is apolitical animal, so we can’t fully separate ourselves from politics. It goes on everywhere, in the Corporate world, in the religious organisations etc.

I believe more committed Nigerians (not the crooks around) should get involved in Politics because trust me, that’s one of the few ways to save Nigeria from collapse as postulated by the CIA (I still find it hard to believe but it isn’t impossible, if we don’t do things right). Insanity is defines as doing the samething and expecting different results.

I plan to vote in the 2011 Nigerian general elections, I have never voted, so am guilty of not performing my civic responsibilities but then, I have repented, now that we have a man like Prof. Jega – the INEC Boss, who has what it takes to deliver unlike Maurice Iwu.

There is hope for Nigeria. But, we have a role to play in the process of making Nigeria a better place. We have to join hands together and build a better society, it takes commitment and sacrifice. I said to one of the aspirants;

If your motivation is to go and be like the rest then you don’t have my blessing other than get ready for judgement after the so-called enjoyment, rather vie for that office with the mind set of creating and adding value to the entire system.

Let me conclude with a few IFs; (do not assume that because we pray to God then we can abuse his grace upon this land).

  • If we allow “a few good” (evil) men to hold us to ransom for the rest of our lives, then we have ourselves to blame and not God.
  • If the unemployment rate keeps going high then crime rate will rise no matter how hard we fast and pray.
  • If the Nigerian Government does not sort out the electricity (NEPA) issue, then more companies will likely shut down.
  • If there is no enabling environment, small businesses cannot thrive and they are the engine of any economy.
  • If we remain cowards, afraid to face our fears then we should stop complaining and expect the worse!

R.S.V.P is a great way to sanitize Nigerian politics

R – Register to Vote

S – Select the Right candidate

V – Vote with the future of Nigeria in mind

P – Protect your vote

Remember, Vox populi, vox dei “The voice of the people [is] the voice of God”

What is your opinion of Nigerian politics?