Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday said only strong and trained leaders can envision the right and appropriate future for the state civil service.
The governor spoke while declaring open four –day training workshop on, “Leadership Development and Organisational Effectiveness,” for labour leaders in Lagos, held in Ikeja, Lagos.
Ambode said where leaders did not possess the right attitude, aptitude and skills that were relevant for the times, they became fundamentally flawed in any attempt to craft a beneficial and compelling vision for their organizations.
The governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Benson Oke said, “And, as we all know, in the absence of vision, the people perish as the institutions become rudderless and their journey becomes one without a map. Trained, visionary and, therefore, strong leaders will also beneficially impact their organisations by being able to inspire the people in the organization to enthusiastically buy into the vision crafted by the leadership.’’
He stated that there was no effective leadership without a mobilised and enthused followership, arguing that the Lagos State Public Service and the organised labour and trade unions operating within it would benefit from the work and example of labour leaders who could inspire their followers to supporting beneficial policies.
Indeed, a strong leader who resolutely believes in the vision of the organisation will magnetically attract followers who will join the movement to fulfil the mission and realise the vision.
‘’There is also the need for excellent communications and relational skills to form part of the fabric of any leadership development strategy. Of course, the promotion and propagation of an organisation’s vision and mission calls for the presence of excellent communications and relational skills in the leaders of organisations,” he said.