PRESENTED AT THE GRADUATION & CHARTERED LICENSING CEREMONY ORGANIZED BY THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF STRATEGIC MANAGERS & LEADERS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE EUROPEAN AMERICAN UNIVERSITY AT THE CENTRE FOR MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT (CMD) SHANGISHA, LAGOS ON SATURDAY, 22ND MAY, 2021

KEYS TO SUSTAINABLE SUCCESS

It is certain that the true measure of the value you have received from the Strategic Business School and its partner institution will be determined by the enhanced productivity and successes you bring to your businesses, professions or careers after today. I believe that to do so would require full understanding and the diligent application of what I call the 5 Ps

  1. Purpose
  2. Plan
  3. Perspiration
  4. Passion
  5. Providence

PURPOSE-DRIVEN NATION

A purpose-driven nation is a nation that shows the following features:

1. It fully fulfils the basic reasons for establishing the nation like:

  • Guaranteeing the safety of lives and property of the citizens. Every life is accounted for.
  • Maintaining law and order – No criminal evades punishment for long and justice is available for all.
  • Providing a clean and healthy environment
  • Ensuring a working infrastructure
  • Providing a functional healthcare system
  • Providing a competitive educational system
  • Creating opportunities for citizens to live fulfilling lives

2. It has a destination where it is taking the citizens within given time frames. That is to say, the nation has a vision of what it wants to be at any given time In such areas as

  • GDP growth rate
  • Poverty rate
  • Unemployment rate
  • Inflation rate
  • Interest rate
  • Population growth rate
  • Misery index
  • Quality of life
  • Life expectancy

etc

3. It puts a lot of effort into Strategic Planning and leaves nothing to chance

4. It is a nation that produces what it needs and tries to maintain a positive balance of payments. Does not depend on only one source of national income. A contributor to the global economy.

5. It has Policies, systems that are stable and predictable creating an attractive investment climate

6. It is globally competitive and globally respected

7. It has contented citizens that subscribe to certain national values or guiding philosophies:

  • Knowledge
  • Industry
  • Integrity
  • Freedom
  • Justice
  • Patriotism
  • Godliness

LEADERSHIP THAT CREATES A PURPOSE-DRIVEN NATION.

True leadership that will drive a purpose-driven nation must possess the following 24 CORE COMPETENCIES

  1. Sound Education
  2. Capability to Envision
  3. Ability for Effective Communication
  4. Experience in human resource management
  5. High level of Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
  6. High level of Emotional Intelligence (EI)
  7. Ability to translate ideas into results (ability to execute)
  8. Humility of Spirit
  9. Ability and willingness to make sacrifices (self-sacrificing)
  10. Inherent ability to influence outcomes
  11. High level of integrity
  12. Measurable inclination to selflessness
  13. A deep-seated desire to achieve (self-motivation)
  14. A palpable love for People
  15. A visible democratic inclination
  16. Known ability to accept mistakes & Faults
  17. A keen demonstration of accountability
  18. Flair for Teamwork
  19. A demonstrable understanding of the Profit & Loss Statement and the ability to interpret balance sheets
  20. A measurable ability for hard work and the ability to juggle many balls at the same time.
  21. Healthy body, mind and Spirit
  22. Measurable self-confidence & tolerance for diversity
  23. Charisma & Ability to mobilize
  24. True Fear of God.

NOW THE SEARCH BEGINS

If Nigeria wants to become a purpose-driven nation like its former contemporaries as 3rd world nations in the 60s and 70s like South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, etc; nations which have since become 1st world nations leaving Nigeria far behind, tottering on the brink, becoming the poverty capital of the world, facing a national unemployment crisis and facing an unimaginable Insecurity, We must be careful to seek those leaders that possess the above core competencies. In short, we need leaders:

  • who are COMPETENT
  • who have GOOD CHARACTER &
  • who are COURAGEOUS

I am believing God that these kind of leaders are there in our Nation and I hope they will step out just as I have done.!

Thank you for your attention. Godbless

Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa OFR, MON, NPOM, FPSN, President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Convener, the New Nigeria Group (NNG)