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Characteristics of Effective Leadership I have observed many leaders on small, medium and high levels, and to be honest, only a few have exhibited that gene that defines quality leadership – I’m not being critical, but honest. Sometimes, the types of decisions I have seen some leaders make are suicidal, and to add salt upon injury, the way they rigidly defend those decisions are unpardonable. As I regularly observed those in positions where sensitive decisions are made, it began to dawn on me what quality leadership should entail. To be an effective leader, you must fit into one or more of the following categories. 1. A leader is a servant: all the great leaders, dead or alive were servants to those they led. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and encouraged them to do likewise. Mahatma Gandhi lived a simple life and served his people – he was the…

At the beginning of this year, I published an article on positioning yourself for a successful year, and as the year is fast moving forward, I felt it sensible to remind you about the points mentioned in that lovely article. To make something out of the rest of this year, and to make sure that by the end of the year, you won’t be biting your nails, and be counting your pains instead of your gains, follow me, as I briefly talk about the following points. 1. Review the Past 6 Months: You can’t tell where you’re heading to, if you don’t know where you’re coming from. You must be able to assess your journey so far, so that you can strategizefor the one ahead. Unequivocally speaking, review the past six months and account for it – accounting makes you take responsibility for the successes and failures, or for your indifference. Indifference,…

Arsene Wenger said, ‘When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren’t the people who are motivated, but have consistency in their motivation.’ Consistency is power, and it is what inspires success. Without consistency, every dream will die at birth stage. Those who climbed Mount Everest, didn’t do it without pains – they succeeded because despite the agony, consistency made them reach the summit. The industry bests didn’t attain their goals without the power of consistency. The great champions emerged and ruled in their chosen fields because they were consistent. You can’t achieve anything, you can’t become anything, you can’t reach any enviable height without consistency. I am not excited by your dream – I am excited by your consistency. I don’t respect your flamboyance – I respect your consistency. I am not impressed by your persuasive speech – I am impressed by your consistency.…

Success does not just happen – it comes because someone learnt and followed some principles that make life successful. Without taking much of your time, let me share with you some quotes and their interpretations that will help you live a happy and successful life. 1.  Where you write your vision determines its durability. If you go to the seashore to write your vision on sand, be sure that in a little while, it will be wiped off. If man does not trample that vision, the water will wash it away. Don’t expect a vision written on sand to stand the test of time. Where you write your vision determines its durability. Some people write their visions on pieces of papers, so, they end up in pieces. Some people write their visions, only in their memories, so when their memories fail, their visions also fail. Some people write their visions…

When it comes to dealing with rejection, I will say I am one of those that should have the capacity to deal adequately with the subject because from the womb to adult age, I encountered rejections and won. I don’t want to offend those who stood for me, and family members that showed immense love to me, therefore, I will not be going into details, the roles my parents played in my life, as they weren’t too positive to read. But the truth remains that when I write my autobiography, I will not shield any of them from the hammers because the world need to hear and learn from my painful experiences. In a previous book I wrote, I only gave a hint of my childhood and how it has come to shape my life, but if I hadn’t looked at the sunny side of life, I would have ended…

How to conquer your frustrations You have been knocked down – it’s obvious that you’ve been – everything around you suggests it. Inside, you feel so deflated, so defeated. You’ve lost all energy to fight, because in the past, you’ve put in all you can, hoping that all you have is enough to take you from the pit to the feast, but from all indications, you’re finished.  In your mind, that’s how you feel. You don’t just feel that way – all who observe you, although make efforts to tell you to go on, but the looks on their faces suggest you’ve lost the fight. On paper, you’ve lost the fight. By statistics, you’ve lost the fight. By expert opinion, you’ve lost the fight. But let me tell you something, the only person that can say it’s over IS YOU. It’s only ended when you say it’s ended. The game…

In 2010, I really came to understand the importance of knowing your purpose in life. Not like I didn’t previously understand, but when I talk about knowing, I am talking about coming to that consciousness and dawning of a new day – it was like a seal was opened, and I suddenly became aware that there was something I should be doing, which I haven’t been doing, and that thing is my life’s purpose. It was that dawn that gave birth to my writing, inspirational public speaking and motivational blogging. Since that day, I have never looked back. I am one believer who thinks that everyone was made for a reason, just like every product on the shop shelf was developed with the intent to solve a certain problem. A detergent for instance, was made to keep fabrics clean, and if it doesn’t, its purpose is defeated. It will be…

10 THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU’VE LOST YOUR MOTIVATION Recently, I went through a tumultuous condition – it was like everything wrong was working against me – I was deflated and utterly knackered. For a couple of days, I was in bed looking depressed and worn out, but I knew that my personality wouldn’t let me remain in that condition for long. I’m a man who, in spite of being down, never remain down – somehow, I always find a way to bounce back, and believe me, I do bounce back. As I sat on that bed lamenting on certain things that have happened, I realised that there may be hundreds of thousands of people around the globe subjected to various challenges, and who may not have the energy to recuperate, not because they don’t want to, but because they don’t have the knowledge to. As I took myself out of…

Blogging For Beginners In my previous article, I wrote about 20 Reasons to Start a Blog, and as a follow up, like I promised, I will, in this article be talking about ‘What you Need to Start a Blog.’ Even if you know why you want to start , if you don’t have the implements or instruments to start, the knowledge of the reasons to start will take you nowhere. If I tell you the reasons to start without telling you the substances that will make up the blog, I haven’t actually empowered you. Take a look at the following things you need. What You Need to START A BLOG 1. A Niche:  Without finding your niche, you can’t start a blog. You must decide your area of interest, which is your passion. Your passion is what will be your driving force, and you need that driving force to be your source…

Life intimidates you with competition; if you shy away, you’re a loser. If you give all you can and still lose, you’re a winner. Winners aren’t just those that took the medals; they are those who gave everything that nature has endowed them with, even if they got no medals in the end. You see, for so long, you’ve been short changing yourself by taking yourself off the winners’ table, when for real, you were actually a winner. Until you start redefining yourself, you can’t reposition yourself. Repositioning begins with a changed mind-set – a better mental picture of yourself. The positive picture in your head gives you an edge – the negative one edges you out of contest. Until you see yourself as good enough, you will continue to be bad. Until you see yourself as smart enough, those you’re better than will continue to outdo you. The pyramid…