LEADERSHIP AND INFLUENCE (CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIP)
Leadership is a process whereby a person influences others to achieve a goal, inspire people to attain a given purpose. Being a leader for me is also a call to serve, it takes a passionate leader to influence team members in achieving success. During my third year in University, I was elected as the Executive Secretary of the department, at that time there were no tutorials across all the levels and this was affecting the general performance of students in the department. I took it upon myself to form a team of 12 people that volunteered to teach during the tutorial. Prior to this time, tutorials in the department had reduced drastically and most students were not interested.
To ensure the essence of the tutorial was achieved, I organized a session involving students and lecturers to sensitize them on the impact of tutorials on our academic performance. Within my team, I had people in charge of several duties such as gathering and distribution of past questions, circulation of materials that would help during the tutorial classes and planning the timetable. I was able to speak to lecturers and they got very interested and they participated fully in the sessions. This was a huge success as the academic performance of the department increased greatly and most importantly tutorial sessions still run in the department even after I graduated.
Another experience that has sharpened my leadership skill occurred in my most recent place of work. I had just joined the company as a graduate trainee, there were several things to be learnt within a short period in a fast paced environment. I became very interactive in the office, engaging colleagues and team leads, asking questions and making enquiries. After some time I observed that there were no social events, community services and retreat programs. I made a suggestion to one of my managers on a social event that would foster relationship and interaction amongst team members and how community services would help the brand of our business.
With this task ahead of me, I had to work with senior colleagues, managers of various teams and my fellow contemporaries. The idea was well received by everyone and they were all interested in seeing the success of the event as it was the first of its kind. I led a team of about 25 people, the team was divided into planning and logistics and welfare. Because of my engagements with managers in the firm, I was able to influence them to be a part of the event by making financial contributions and attending the event which was eventually a huge success.
I believe Chevening scholarship would help my leadership path and empower me to be a future leader in my country Nigeria.