Give it to him, Alagba Olaitan Balogun is a nice dude. A simple man with a dual personality. A man I met last year and I fell for his friendly disposition. I still remember how he was choosing his words while having a chat with #cno during the JDN’s 80th birthday at Oke Ado in Ibadan, Oyo State.
He had never displayed any leadership quality that would have warranted him being judged by his look; but shortly after he got the honour to be HoD, the number one seat of power in the US Diocese in the absence of a true leader, then he showed his real self to those who loved and supported him.
Then the word of Abraham Lincoln came to mind, which says; “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
And truly, a few weeks after he got robed as HoD, the one-time gentle-nature man changed, he nearly become a dictator. His aides started feeding us with stories of how he did this or that. We didn’t believe some of the petitions written against him, and neither did we, at #cno use them against him.
But as a leader, he’s expected to experience opposition’s attacks and challenges, he’s then expected to face them and combine their failures to build his own strength; Just as they say, in the face of leadership flaws, too many people assume cynical perspectives, rather than have more enemies, do the hard work of building relationships in which they can have a more positive influence.
The are numerous reports by his followers that, he doesn’t have the wherewithal to lead a Diocese like the US. After they all have built their hope and courage around him, he, for being power-drunk as alleged, messed up with their initiatives and independence and that has reduced the power he earned over the few months he has been leading them. There is disarray in his camp since then till now.
One of them is what is being revealed in this video below;
For Baba Iremiren, it is a case of “what you sow, what you reap.’
For Alagba Olaitan Balogun, as a leader, your principal job is to create an operating environment where others can do great things. In your own case, you have failed to do none of the above but only channel all your energy into the affair of Baba Olorunnisola and how you wish to beat him to a game he knows how we’ll to play. Baba Joseph Olorunnisola is a man everyone in the Diocese talks well about, having being blessed with unalloyed administrative prowess.
Someone even says, anyone who continues to study Baba Olorunnisola’s style of governance may not graduate because he is unpredictable, versatile and a fully renaissance man whose actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, he is, indeed, a true leader.
If Baba Balogun, as seen, heard, and perceived in this video could call out Baba Iremiren in this light, then he needs not to see himself as a leader but as a slighter because the greatness of a leader is measured by the achievements of the led. That should be the ultimate test of his effectiveness as an ‘HoD’. I rest my case for now!
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