By Michael Peter, The Sight News
Abuja: The Executive Director, Center for Leadership, Strategy and Development, Center, LSD, Dr.Otivie Igbuzor has said that the deficit of knowledge accounts to the reason why change programs, the world over, continue to fail.
Otivie Igbuzor while speaking with newsmen in Abuja during the launch of his book titled “Leadership, Development and Change”, stressed the need for change to be more systematic in terms of planning, organising and managing it effectively.
He maintained that for any society to develop, there is need to put in place a change process that must be conceptualised correctly and managed effectively to desecrate the resistance that confronts it, adding that, “All over the world, 70 per cent of all change program fail because even people who need change don’t know what to do”.
While noting that leadership remains key to the development of any organization or country, he said, “The quality of leadership of a country will determine to a large extent the pace of development. That is the connection, the three issues that make up this book and I am very sure that everyone will benefit from it immensely”.
On the effectiveness of the change agenda of the Buhari administration, Igbuzor insisted that though challenges abound, the current administration is better than what the country had had in past years and also advocated for the inclusion of women in governance, saying that for society to develop women must be given a lot of premium.
In his remark, the Minister of Mines and Steel, Kayode Fayemi while eulogising Comrade Otivie for his numerous works on leadership, expressed his belief that those in government should engage honestly with those that they lead.
“Otivie’s organization is also actively involved in works around mining, particularly as it affects communities and local small scale operators. So for me its a pleasure and a delight to bear testimony to a leader who believe passionately in accountability, transparency and in sharing his own ideas on leadership” he said.
Earlier,the Chair Lady of the event, Timiebi Koripamo-Angary, held that if the nation cannot get its leadership right then it cannot get anything right.
“If you disagree with a leader you are branded disloyal. So in this country you are not expected to disagree with leadership irrespective of whether the leadership is carrying out what is expected of it.No leader has an exclusive right to knowledge. So a leader must be willing to listen to all levels of his followership.
She argued that as much as change is good as a slogan, sloganeering itself does not constitute development, stressing that agents of change must be true to its philosophy, themselves and those they lead.