By Tare Youdeowei
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Africa Operations at Inlaks, Femi Adeoti, has highlighted the importance of empowering and coaching team members as the key to successful leadership.
He spoke at the IT Merit Award and Investiture ceremony organised by the Nigeria Computer Society, Ogun State chapter in Abeokuta.
Delivering a keynote address on the theme: Leadership, Attitude and Success in IT profession, Adeoti said that successful leaders have the ability to inspire, motivate and act as mentors to the people they are leading.
According to him: “The essence of leadership is to have a clear vision, establish goals and provide team members with knowledge and tools necessary to achieve those goals.
“Information Technology is at the centre of everything we do in the world today and it is important for leaders to have the right leadership skills to survive in the ever changing ICT industry.”
Adeoti stated that integrity is one of the top attributes of a great leader. He described intergrity as the consistency of actions and a deep commitment to do the right thing for the right reason, regardless of the circumstance.
According to him; “Integrity is what establishes the leader on solid ground. The Law of the Lid, Law of Influence and Law of Empowerment by John Maxwell as some of the leadership principles that every leader must embrace to become effective.
“I commend the outgoing executives for their service and leadership to the Nigeria Computer Society, Ogun State chapter and urge the incoming executives to consolidate on the efforts of their predecessors. I also congratulate the awardees who have been recognised for their contributions to the ICT industry. We must all play our part as individuals and as a community to ensure that Nigeria becomes the country of our dreams,” Adeoti emphasised.