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30 TOP GREAT INSIGHTS FROM YOUNG LEADERS’ EQUIP IN 2013

31 Dec

 

Hello! As 2013 finally departs from us today and remains forever memorable in our hearts, I want to leave you with these inspiring thoughts from the brilliant young leaders in Young Leaders’ Equip this year. I hope they challenge and encourage you to grow in 2014.

Here you go…

1. “Not until we are ceremonially crowned leaders do we become leaders, but right from now, we can begin to lead.” — Adedeji Oluwadarasimi Blessing

2. “What spurs me the most is that I realized [that] we as potential leaders can and will use what destroys others to get stronger and we will be doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way. Let’s keep the legacy!” — Apela Msuur

3. “Many world leaders [or men] we will remember to have made great impact in our world today are men who found a way to improve on their immediate environment, not men who gathered people and could not make any impact on their immediate environment.” — Arogundade Shina Fatai

4. “Leaders don’t escape leadership positions. It’s visible and it’s MTN — everywhere you go.” — Babawale Peter

5. “When I was much younger, I usually thought that when I grew up, I would do a lot of nice things and show great kindness to others. As I grew up, I realised that I could actually begin to do those things even as a young person. Indeed I could, and it paid off well.” — Israel O. Peters

6. “Being young has so much advantage over growing older. We can assimilate more, remember easily, are flexible … Now is the right time to bring a change and make a difference. There’s no time better than now!” — Kyepari P. Buma

7. “Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly, your wholeness when you are broken, your innocence when you feel guilty and your purpose when you are confused.” — Michael Scofield Ekanem

8. “We must understand that leadership, when a well instituted team is involved, is all about completing one another and not competing with one another. We must appreciate one another, so that our efficiency and productivity as a team will not decline.” — Akinropo Damilola Ayodele

9. “Many think getting saved is only an escape route to a blissful paradise, Heaven. That is half true. Even though we are destined to make heaven as believers, God still wants us to be earthly relevant. We are to be His representatives here, and establish His kingdom here.” — Adeyeye Samuel Adedeji

10. “Notice that the first seven letters of competence are c-o-m-p-e-t-e. A group with a competent leader can compete [with any other group] and win.” — Omolola Oparinde

 

11. “In the real sense, leadership is an intentional commitment great enough to be responsible for others through service and informed enough to be accountable to someone. It is an interesting adventure that one can engage for a lifetime.” — Israel O. Peters

12. “Be a team player . . . No matter how ‘Lionel Messi-like’ a player is, he cannot win a match all by himself — he needs the assistance of his teammates.” — Adeyeye Samuel Adedeji

13. “It might take a man two weeks to clear a plot of land. Doing this takes time and energy. But teamwork helps to divide the task and double the success. When a team gets to work on a farm it might only take just two days to do the task with less energy, stress and strength.” — Babawale Peter
14. “Stand up tall with your shoulders raised and your hands glued to your partner’s, and run towards your goal. You’re unstoppable when you move as a team.” — Israel O. Peters

15. “You need God, yourself and the right people — [though] not everyone — to get to the peak of your success.” — Kyepari P. Buma

16. “It is only the dead who have no problem. Problems are only opportunities in work clothes. Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between success and failure. Every problem hides a possibility.” — Blessing Igwemadu

17. “If you don’t see greatness in yourself, you can’t make efforts on actualizing your potential. … It’s in you and me. You’re a genius. You are the change the world needs. You’re the light they look up to. Come on, get up! Face the truth and be in the group of the courageous. For whatever you do, people are bound to talk. It’s an unavoidable fact. It’s up to you to either let it ruin or build you.” — Kyepari P. Buma

18. “It’s rational to desire success in life but irrational to detest challenges.” — Babawale Peter

19. “It’s not just about knowing what’s happening around you but all about changing for good what’s happening around you.” — Israel O. Peters

20. “Leaders are experts in bringing out the best in others — making evident internal excellence.” — Adeyeye Samuel Adedeji

21. “Credibility is the foundation of leadership.” — Ken Solomon Ajiduku

22. “A true leader is one who is always ready to receive people regardless of whom/what they are.” — Soladoye Olusegun John

23. “Let this [phrase] ‘thank you’ not depart from your mouth, but you must utter it day and night, to mean every letter of it; then will you make your way prosperous, and you will have a resounding success.” — Adeyeye Samuel Adedeji

24. “There’s nobody that goes beyond what he sees impossible … The farther you see, the more you read possibilities in impossibilities. Your vision either drives or limits you. Avoid blurred visions and fire on. You can do better than you imagined.” — Kyepari P. Buma

25. “You can find that thing you are looking for but you just need to look in the right place … Never give up no matter what. We all know that a great work is done against gravity while trying to move up. So don’t be lazy. Look around yourself and you will find many opportunities.” — Moses Otunla (Fearless Privilege)

26. “Many think getting saved is only an escape route to a blissful paradise, Heaven. That is half true. Even though we are destined to make heaven as believers, God still wants us to be earthly relevant. We are to be His representatives here, and establish His kingdom here.” — Adeyeye Samuel Adedeji

27. “This is the time we should be alive and bubbling with a vision, knowing that the time is very short. An effective prayer and intercessory life is one of the major ways you can make a solid contribution to the fulfillment of the Great Commission.” — Ayansola Ayomideji Olamilekan

28. “The world suffers a lot not because of the violence of bad people but because of the silence of good people. Don’t keep mute when you have to speak up, come out of the multitude and make a difference.” — Kyepari P. Buma

29. “Great leaders don’t wait for all the resources to gather before taking a leap. Rather, they always take the giant and bold step first, then the resources fall in [place].” — Adeyeye Samuel Adedeji

30. “I charge you today to be a youngster with purpose, whose life is precious to others and who has brought the future closer for good. Be a map to the lost, a light to those in darkness, hope for the hopeless, eyes for the blind, joy to the world and indispensable to God.” — Israel O. Peters

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CHARACTERISTICS OF LIVING LEADERS (Part 5): GROWTH

25 May

When you hear the word ‘growth,’ what thoughts cross your mind? Can you picture a natural change in some physical, perhaps bodily, features in plants and animals. Or on the other hand, you think about improvement in economies: the nation’s GDP and other factors.

If you’ve thought about any of these points I had just mentioned, you have a good insight on what growth is. And here is the good news: you are about to learn something new about what you’ve always known.

Nothing excites me than growth. I’m so passionate about improving myself in all areas — spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, mentally, my writing and speaking skills. I don’t know about you, but I dislike being the way I was last week, or even being the way I am today next week. I love and enjoy change.

Few years ago when I become passionate about personal development, I thought everyone in my community was well aware of this inevitable process in the human life. Unfortunately, what I found left me wondering how much people are unprepared for the future, with the realities and opportunities tied around it. However, it’s never too late to start growing today.

1. Know Yourself to Grow Yourself

The first question everyone who desires to improve on some areas of life — be it physically, emotionally, academically, mentally, spiritually — is that of purpose. It’s so sad that many people are yet to discover why they exist. God has created everyone with a unique role to play on this planet.

No man on earth can tell you who you are. It is predestined by God, and only Him knows. You definitely need a connection with your Manufacturer to know why He’s made you. If you find it, you’re on your way to success.

2. Make Growth a Project

You can’t improve what you’ve not found. When you discover your purpose, make it your vision. Then put up a plan to pursue reaching the goal(s) you’ve set for yourself. Remember to set great goals, even if they look bigger than your physical self. Don’t judge who you want to become by what you are at present.

Think of growth as a process. It’s a lifetime journey. When you are done putting things in order and willing to start growing, get on track immediately and work yourself into it. If you stay committed to your specific, achievable and realistic goals, you will find that it becomes a project you need to work on everyday.

3. Feed Your Dream

The greatest dream killer is a negative environment. It has nothing to offer your dreams. If you’re not careful, people with low minds will be successful in talking you out of what you desire to achieve. They will give you a thousand and one reasons why you can’t achieve it. If your surrounding conditions doesn’t favour growth, apply Christ’s formula: withdraw from the crowd and find a place that can allow you go about your business. (Luke 2:42 – 52)

If you can’t change your location (school, office, home, church), feed your mind with great books that will help you grow. Meet some positive people, even if it means going to the next city to look for them, and get some encouraging piece of advice. Your environment impacts your dream and influences who you can become. You have to remember this: they really need to see the your dream become a reality. The next step will help you achieve this.

4. Start Now!

One reason most people don’t grow is because they wait for the best time to start. But really, growth doesn’t come to those who wait. I’ve found that it is attracted by only people who become intentional about improving. To make any remarkable achievement in any area of life, act out your decisions.

If you really desire to grow, you will have to start where you are with what you have. You may start with being unsatisfied with your present state — without hating it. Find your strength zone, get outside your comfort zone and start the journey towards excellence. But understand, you’ll be traveling an endless road.

5. Do it Everyday.

Making decisions isn’t hard. Managing them is a bit more difficult. But growth is gained on a difficult ground. You need to pay your dues. The key to improvement is repetition.

During service last week, a boy played the violin almost perfectly. I was intrigued. I wanted to know if my friend, who sat next to me, appreciates the 12-year-old too. “I know him,” he replied. “He plays different instruments and he finds all fun. He is really good at it.”

The true goal of growth isn’t to become the best; it’s about getting better every day. Be committed to growth. Make it fun. At the end of each day, ask yourself: What have I learned today? Am I better than I was this morning? What can I learn tomorrow when I go out?

Seize every opportunity to develop yourself into who you really want to become. Follow your dream. Make improving a daily project. Learn, grow, live, and lead.

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I’ll be glad to hear from you: What other tip would you like to add? Please share.

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CHARACTERISTICS OF LIVING LEADERS (Part 4): IRRITABILITY

16 May

The height great men attained is indeed not by sudden flight; they had toiled and resolved to making the best out of the chances life had dealt them with.

On 6th June, 1941 there was born a dreamer in a small, humble town in Southwestern Nigeria, Osun state, in a major town called Erin Ijesa. He grew as a determined and brilliant young boy in that same state.

On completing his primary school education, he was admitted into Mayflower School at Ikenne, near Ibadan, where he obtained his O’level certificate in 1961. He was quite ingenious.

William Kumuyi was retained to teach mathematics at Mayflower shortly after his graduation. He resumed classrooms in 1962. He loves to teach. If 100% don’t have excellent grades in his class, 98% or 95% would surely do. It was a rewarding and remarkable opportunity to him. “I relished it,” he commented.

In 1962, his father, Gabriel Kumuyi Akinfenwa passed away – the year he completed his first degree in Mathematics from the University of Ibadan. He graduated with a first class honours. The incidence couldn’t kill his dream. He moved on with life.

If you’ve heard of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, you are sure to know they are very disciplined and unique set of Christians. A small Bible Study Group which he started in his flat with 15 people as pioneer members, when he was a lecturer of Mathematics at the University of Lagos in 1973 is what has grown into what is regarded as the largest single congregation in Africa – with over 120,000 people in attendance for a single service. He has churches established in every continent of the world.

I have been studying successful people and related with some of them. Something I’ve found common in them is their resolve and determination to hold on to their core principles or values, in any condition. If you desire to be a great leader, you will have to put these 5 principles into perspective and live them:

1. Dare to Dream

In his book, Join This Wagon (a youth counsel series), Pastor Kumuyi wrote: “Dreamers own the world, shape the world and rule the world.” Dream gives direction. People will follow the man or woman that knows the way.

2. Define the ‘Why’ for Living

If you don’t have some guidelines to lead your life, it will seem an undefined journey. Your sincere and clearly defined principles will serve as a road map to where you are going. For Kumuyi, he lives on Biblical Principles – the best you can ever live on! He is a holiness preacher.

3. Your Principles will be Tested

Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi’s leadership experienced a defining moment 3 years after he started the church. This time he had intentionally opted out of the lecturing profession for full time ministry. In 1978, he held a crusade in Kumasi, Ghana – where 750 people decided for Christ, and volunteered to be under his leadership. In no doubt, he returned to Lagos excited.

A month after, after he’d told them of his doctrine on holiness and his core principles that are built on Scripture, he returned to Kumasi for follow-up. He expected growth, but he was faced with reality: he met only 30 people of a 750 congregation, with only 2 pastors left. His leadership was clearly tested. Did he give up on his principles? No, he didn’t. Was he discouraged? Sure enough he was, but I know he didn’t give up either. I’d say he had only the committed people left under him.

Don’t feel sorry for yourself over what’s gone. Instead, use what’s you are left with. It’s all you need to become all you want to be. Today, the church’s branch in Ghana is the 2nd largest of its kind after the headquarters in Lagos. His courage paid off.

4. Learn to Master Change

It is true that we don’t control what happens ‘to’ us. But it is also true that we can control what happens ‘with’ us. It’s said that the only constant in life is change. To be an effective leader or to achieve any real success, you have to be realistic enough to know what is changing around you and it’s effect on where you’re going. Analyse the conditions and think of the effects in the long run. Ask yourself if it will favour you or not. If it will, draw up a plan to make most of it. If it won’t, figure out how you can make a difference. Some will involve taking risk. Be sure to take necessary chances. If you master change, you’ll make the best of it; but if change masters you, it will make the best out of you likewise. Will you master change or will change master you?

5. Have a Positive Attitude

Most people have lost their fire. Life has pushed them down time after time. Successful people really don’t live a trouble-free life, they only know how to go through dark moments with their gaze fixed on the goal. My friend Eyitayo Olawuyi asserted, “Life wasn’t created to live us; we were created to live life.”

Anytime you suffer a setback, take a break, learn the lessons, put your mind together, do it again differently, and you will find yourself in a good position for a greater comeback!
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