“LEADERSHIP IN THE BUD”, A REVIEW
This book is written out of a considerable wealth of experience of the author. Memoirs can be interesting but they can also be boring, redundant if the author wanders around an idea too much and platitudinous if he lacks substance of knowledge to pass. Such Author may turn like a strange wind with no direction and cause, leaving a boring story for the precious time of readers. But one is to prefer himself the task which this book as set forth – the task of learning.
Because there is so much to teach from this classic.
The author in this 77 paged work, has laboured under prejudice to detail an exegesis of his leadership principles. I shall say here that his principles are striking and also align to the dynamics of our human consciousness – the way we all want to be treated as humans. This in fact, is established in the entrance of the first part of the book where he said that ‘Leadership is like the eye, it looks out for the good in others, notices the weakness as well as sees the background of the subordinate”.
He progressed to another section to lift high, a knowledge on phases of leadership. He hazard in a very simple way, a striking illustration of his proposed phases of leadership. He said there is a morning stage ; a time for self discovery, preparation, service and practice. An afternoon stage is the phase were a leader go beyond enthusiasm to get a clear leadership vision, a good team e.t.c. The evening stage is when the leader is fully leading and so he must delegate responsibilities, raise others and also make account of his leadership. I readily accept these proposal as a working theory for a functional leadership
I have known the author personally to be a man of passion . But then, i got a deeper touch of his exquisite pathos when he stressed that ‘No one relinquishes a position of leadership to passive people’.
By such asseveration, he is calling on young men and women to brace up and strengthen their nerve for an active leadership pursuit.
The Author in the part three of the book talks about purpose driven leadership where he said that he usually conduct himself as though the world was watching- for surely the world was watching. I add that yes, the world was watching. His leadership qualities during his tenure as President of LAWSAN -University of Uyo Chapter, made him a man worthy of a gaze from a million crowd.
He concluded in the last section of the book, that the future is what he sees. I see the future with him.
I presume that I shall not be disbelieved if I say that this memoir can comfortably share the same shelf with Barack Obama’s ‘Dreams From My father’. I thus recommend it to all leaders in all spheres of life
Reviewed by David Antia
Author of ‘You and OTHERS’