The director general of Revive Africa Initiative has called for a value added followership among the youths.
In his Independence day address to the youths titled: ‘REASON WITH ME AND STOP THE TREND PART 2′, Amb. Ugagaoghene Ogheneyole, the DG and founder of RAI admonished the youths on the need for a value added followership.
In his words, “as a follower you must develop yourself to be of value to your leader, you are meant to complement his efforts, help him think, fix his schedules, take charge of some of his oppression, give him tangible suggestions, take charge of some of his affairs while you get Guidance from him” the statement read in part.
Happy independence celebration and compliment of the season my fellow patriots.
Last time we addressed the issue of bully begging and youth mindset and it generated lots of feedbacks which proved that these discussions are valid at this point in our history.
Today I want the youths to ponder with me on these issues…
Firstly I will be talking about blue adding and “followership”, I now see that many of our youths have understand the need of “followership”, they now understand the place of mentorship in growth process but somethings are still missing.
When you follow a leader whether politician or a leader in other sectors of life, what do you offer them in this period of “followership’? Do you just follow them or do you add value to their life and what they do.
The concept of “followership” is beyond being around someone and running errands for him, before you decide to make someone your own leader, you must have seen some things, must must have been interested in whom he is, what he does and how he operates, now when you start following, you are not expected to come in and start running errands, washing cars and plates and going chores. While it is good to do errands for your leader wholeheartedly, you must understand that those are just by the way, not the main focus, your focus should be how to be relevant to chime, how to be useful to what he does, how to learn from him and become better both in principles and in dealings.
You must be seeing bring things to the table, leaders do not value you because you post his pictures and sing his praises on Facebook, because anybody can do that, leaders will not value you because you do run around for him, anybody can do that, but your leader places premium on you if you have something to offer.
What do you offer? This is the million dollars question.
Therefore as a follower you must develop yourself to be of value to your leader, you are meant to complement his efforts, help him think, fix his schedules, take charge of some of his oppression, give him tangible suggestions, take charge of some of his affairs while you get Guidance from him. Engage him intellectually also. Become part of his journey.
We have today youths flocking around leaders, and yet the leader is doing everything for himself, then you are not a follower but a liability.
Another thing that is key is defining your place and relationship with your leader.
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What is the perception of your leader about you? Does he see you as an asset or a liability, a “mentee” or a casual worker? A follower or an errand boy? A younger partner or a tug?
The way you place yourself, the things you do and what you have to offer determines his perception about you and the premium he places on your relationship with him is directly to his perception of you.
Sit for a moment and ask yourself, how does this my leader see me? Some leaders see some of their followers as burdens, some as sycophants, some as beggars, depending on how you have faired with him.
Think about these things, reason with me and change the trend
Amb. Ugagaoghene Ogheneyole
Let us Revive Africa.