Approaching leadership from a different perspective the Uche Ogbuagu example

Uche Ogbuagu

In the words of Bob Moawad, he explains that ”The aim of the great leader is not to get people to think more highly of the leader. It’s to get people to think more highly of themselves’.
Great leaders are selfless! They are servants who facilitate the success of others. They spark action in others by seeing the value of others and aligning that value with the worthy cause. In the presence of great leadership, people feel inspired not only in the worthiness of the cause but in their own personal worth.
Great leadership makes others feel valued!
Selfless leadership” is ethically leading others in the achievement of assigned goals and the greater good for the benefit of all others before oneself. While “Self-centered leadership” is leading others in the achievement of assigned goals using ways and means that maximize the personal recognition and benefit of the leader over the institution and all others.
These leadership approaches are polar opposites in their focus, goals, strategies, ways, and means. Selfless leaders focus externally on enabling and achieving the success of the organization and people before their own personal success. In any endeavor, these leaders first ask themselves and their teams, “What’s the right thing to do here?” and then, “How best can we do it?” Accomplishing the goal or mission and doing it right becomes the team’s guiding and unifying focus. This type of selfless leadership grants freedom to every team member to take necessary action and removes all potential paralysis and doubt in the face of danger, risk and opposition.
Ultimately, selfless leaders leave lasting and positive institutional accomplishments. They shape lives by their leadership and they earn an honored and emulated reputation going into the future. These traits are what even the critics of the Honourable Member Representing Ikeduru State Constituency and Majority Leader Imo House of Assembly Amb. Uche Ogbuagu cannot deny. He has changed the narrative and shifted the paradigm by his landmark projects like boreholes across the communities in Ikeduru, donation of transformer, rebuilding and reconstruction of markets, class room blocks, police station and officers quarters, the stadium projects among others, needs no introduction because they are like cities built on hills, which cannot be hidden.
In contrast, when self-centered leaders face a mission or goal they ask, “What’s in it for me?” and “How can I best use others to accomplish it with the least personal accountability and risk?” The success of the mission, institution and team are secondary to the success of the leader. As a result, the self-centered leader is focused on controlling all team activities. They work to remain in the forefront of recognition and seek the credit from above. When criticism comes they invent violence and employ threat. Looking good is more important than actually being good or accomplishing the good. Self-centered leaders produce an exhausting and slavish work environment. When the mission is over, virtually all credit goes to them and those who served under them are just happy they have moved on. I have seen that those serving under self-centered leaders resolve that no matter the cost, they will never work for that leader again. In the end, self-centered leaders become known for the people they really are, subjecting those they represent to various degrees of suffering.
They leave no lasting, positive accomplishments and those with whom they have served politely avoid them. When stories are told, these leaders are singled out as searing examples of what not to do and how not to lead. These type of leaders bring out peanuts from millions appropriated for developments in their areas of representation to engage in white elephant projects.
There are three major forms of leadership styles in our society today. The first is “Position” power. Position power refers to the powers of rewarding and punishing that go with a particular title or role.
The second type of power is “Expert” power. Expert power arises when you are very, very good at what you do and as a result, people defer to your opinion and your judgment.
The third form of power is “Ascribed” power. This is power that is conferred upon you by other people because they like you, trust you, believe in you and want you to have more influence and authority.
Ascribed power is a combination of being very good at what you do, being result oriented and being perceived as the kind of person who can be the most helpful to others in helping them achieve their individual goals.
The effective leader always begins with the “needs” of the situation. The effective leader always asks, “What does this situation most require of me? What am I most uniquely capable of contributing to bettering the life’s of those I am leading.
A selfless leader like Amb. Uche Ogbuagu, believes in absolute truths and knows right from wrong. Great Leaders like him, make truth and facts central to their lives, character, and leadership. Selfless leaders, speak truth, engender trust and can be relied upon by all those with whom they interact.
Selfless leadership is risky business and the Lily livered dare not go into it. It is risky in the sense that such group of people abhor sacrifices. They always think of feathering their own nests at the expense of greater majority.
A leader will often have to stand in the moral or ethical breach and against the rising tide of counter-views and opinions to do what is right and necessary. Standing in the breach is always uncomfortable. It requires courage, which is esteemed as the one human quality that guarantees all the rest.
These virtues are all inherent in Amb Uche Ogbuagu as he strongly believes that leadership is all about sacrifice and putting others first.
In politicking, the normal way of doing things is usually by hook or crook means, white turns to black and vice versa, as explained in this piece, Amb. Uche Ogbuagu sees it as an avenue to defend the defenseless, engaging in human capital development as well as sacrifice. His usual maxim has been, ‘ I am not in politics for self aggrandizement, but to add value to people’s lives and leave a lasting legacy in the sands of time.
Amb. Ogbuagu as a Great Leader is selfless, he understands that the power he has is not about him. He fully knows that it is for the benefit of Ikeduru State Constituency and that great leadership is about service to a worthy cause.
From his perspective of leadership, its being goal oriented, selfless service, carrying the people along, accountability in regards to utilizing public funds, impactful projects and leaving lasting legacies are hallmarks of politics,
All Ikeduruans and men of goodwill should start seeing leadershi and politics from this noble perspective.


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