LAGOSÂ -Â Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, weekend, described a good leader as one capable of showing clear sensibility to the feelings of the led about critical issues.
According to Fashola who spoke as a guest lecturer at a two-day Leadership Summit organised by the Movement for Islamic Culture and Awareness (MICA) at the Banquet Hall of the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, a good leader must also be capable of admitting an error when one had occurred.
The Governor who assured that the present leadership in Lagos would not allow medals or awards of excellence and performance to distract it from its ultimate aim and objective of delivering the greatest good to greatest number of Lagosians added that such awards would continue to challenge the administration rather than comfort it.
Fashola while addressing the gathering on the topic: â€œBuilding Mission Critical Leadersâ€ said the defining element that differentiates a good leader form a bad one was in terms of how such leaders exhibit good traits as a way of life.
He said one of the ways of discerning a good leader include the ability of such a potential leader to exert influence in the family, among peer groups, in the school, at the mosque, at the market place and in the place of work.
He added that the influence of a good leader was not necessarily exerted by the personal authority of the leader but by being the servant of the community whom he leads and described a leader as that person who is ready to step forward when there is nothing to gain and one who is the beast of burden who keeps the confidence of all in times of crisis.
The Governor added that God did not create the mischief that the Nigerian nation is experiencing now in terms of leadership but has been a self inflicted problem which can only be redressed by a change of attitude on the part of both the leadership and followership.
Fashola said for almost 40 years, Lagos has had to contend with an almost intractable traffic problem, asking that the average individual has never asked himself how he has helped to compound the problem of traffic bottleneck in Lagos.
Said he: â€œThe Government has provided traffic lights and traffic management officers at different points within the metropolis to assist in managing traffic, but instead of allowing the traffic lights to work effectively, the people are busy patronizing street traders and ultimately slowing down the traffic.â€