In a world where the line between corporate governance and ethical leadership has become blurred, it is important to revert to the fundamentals. In the political sphere, good ethical practice has had its ups and downs, but there is a direct link in the practice of ethical leadership and transparent and representative governance. Self-seeking leadership places individual interests above those of society and makes us liable to pursue ill-gotten wealth and fall into the trap of corruption and greed. Self-centred leadership is an indication of unethical leadership that has forgotten its primary responsibility to the electorate, shareholders and ordinary employees. Where do we go from here? If we want to survive as a nation we have to get serious about training in character and governance first principles: principles important to your business as a civil servant, your integrity as a manager of public trust, and to the future of our youth.
When the state of Kaduna, Nigeria asked us to do a workshop, I was puzzled. Why me? Where should one start and what should be the objective and deliverables?