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Pastor E. A. Odeyemi, a member of the Governing Council of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and also Special Assistant to the General Overseer on Education and Training has observed that God designs three schools for his children, namely the school of nature, the school of life and the school of super-nature.( Job 38: 1).
According to him, those who really excel in leadership and life operate these three levels, advancing from one to the other. In his words "Until you rise from nature to the super- nature and begin to see what others cannot see, you cannot be ahead of them."
Pastor Odeyemi made the above remark recently at the May 2014 edition of the Strategic Leadership Summit organised by Strategic Leadership Academy in conjunction with Scripture Communications Network. The man of God, who is also the Vice President, Administration and Evangelism, Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries(CRM), said that to be an eagle leader, you must first understand what leadership is all about.
"Leadership, according to him, is an influence process. In his words, to be a leader, one must know that God is going to use you to influence other people. Leadership is purposeful and it is beneficial because it exists to satisfy the common good and not the whims and caprices of an individual".
Pastor Mark Ighile, the convener of the submit and also the coordinator of the Department of Christian Religious Studies, Redeemer's University, While welcoming the participants, noted that it was time for leaders to move beyond rhetorics and begin to demonstrate the eagle-like qualities of limitless flight, clear-cut vision, raw courage, strength and discipline. According to him, "such an empowered lifestyle would make the leader stand out in a crowd, be outstanding in a group setting and become the show piece of an enlarged community".
In the same submit, Mr. Tominiyi Oni, who is the HR Director, WAMCO, Lagos, examined What Executives Look for in People. According to him, executives are in desperate need of people with vision/purpose – imagination (Pro. 28:18), those with a sense of planning (Luke14:28). Leaders look for people with intellectual curiosity – those who hunger to know and have the ability to ask questions. Leaders are in search of quality service delivery, excellence and not mere quantity. (Heb. 11:4). Leaders crave for problem- solvers, not problem escalators. Those in authority go all out for creative and proactive people like Daniel, David and Joseph in the Bible among others. Leaders respect diligence, perseverance and resilience in people. Great mentors are looking for wise men and women, who would dare to be different, even if they make occasional mistakes In , his words:. “It is better to be approximately right than to be precisely wrong”.
Highpoint of the summit was the induction of Pastor Odeyemi, Prof L. B. Kolawole, (Chairman of the training session) and Mr. Tominiyi Oni as fellows of the academy with presentation of awards. Participants were drawn from the academia, the gospel ministry and the corporate world.