“Effective leadership requires a vision. A leader must have a clear vision of where they want to take the people who have put their trust in him or her to take them forward,” said former Coca-Cola Executive and Liberian Presidential Candidate Alex Cummings in Abidjan during a panel at a leadership conference organized by the telecommunications giant MTN on Wednesday.
Other members of the panel included Mr. Thierry Tanoh, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Deputy Chief of Staff of Ivoirian President Alassane Ouattara. The conference also brought together top business leaders from Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon and Congo, who are considered the region’s future based on their many accomplishments and leadership within their countries.
“Visionary leadership is important for Africa and it needs to be taken to a higher level. It is important to have a clear vision if you want to be a good leader,” said the political leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) in Liberia.
Cummings also said leadership must be transformational and geared towards tangible goals, which he added, “can only be successful through hard work, collaboration with the right people and being able to tap into the resources available.” He asserted that “being surrounded with the best possible people who believe in the agenda and use the power system with wisdom, integrity and transparency is the only way a leader can reach his or her goals and achieve transformation. “
Minister Tanoh in his remarks emphasized the difference between a manager and a leader. According to Tanoh, “a leader is one who already has a position capable of influencing others. However, this is not because we have a position that one is necessarily a leader,” said Tanoh. “A leader is someone who leads others to excel.”
The event’s organizer, Chris Ngueda, and his team expressed appreciation to Alexander Cummings, Minister Thierry Tanoh, and all participants at the MTN leadership conference.
Reported with help from Elisée B at Abidjan.net