It is often said that crisis brings out the best in leaders. However, beneath the strategic choices and calmness often lie fear, uncertainty, and exhaustion.
In the bid to prepare leaders to handle the challenges of the post COVID-19 era, renowned leadership expert, Linus Okorie convened the GOTNI Global Leadership Training with the theme: “Facing the Future Without Fear: Leading in Uncertain Times.”
The well-attended 2-day training saw leaders and aspiring leaders, business professionals and entrepreneurs join the class from across Africa, Europe, America and more. It featured talks on leadership, effective followership, networking, business and nation building, as well as personal effectiveness and other relevant insights needed to thrive in today’s world and beyond.
Speakers at the landmark virtual event included acclaimed public speaker & self-development author, Brian Tracy; renowned American business executive and Chairman of FraserNet, Inc., George Fraser; Executive Coach and Behavioural Change Catalyst, Lanre Olusola; Investor & Real Estate Broker, Kristen Cripps; President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Toki Mabogunje.
Underscoring the essence of the training, Linus Okorie charged delegates to be deliberately committed to effecting change and providing solutions to problems in these times. “If leadership does not exist, institutions will lose individuals who drive success.” He said. “The world will not give anything to you until you prove that you can sustain your vision”
“Regardless of the various titles in leadership, a major title every leader should answer is problem solver” said keynote speaker, Brian Tracy, recognized the one person in the world who has written and taught extensively on crisis management and leading in uncertain times. He noted that the difference between success and failure is how fast one thinks, and leaders should brace up for crisis. “The words you choose to use in a crisis, determines the amount of control you have in that crisis” He said.
Lanre Olusola noted that critical among the leadership values that will transform organizations is the mindset of service and a desire to create an atmosphere that is devoid of paranoia and fear. He tasked leaders to keep growing noting that “If every referral of your success is in the past, you’re beginning to go extinct. Work to ensure that your today is better than your yesterday”
Often referred as Black America’s number one networker, Dr. George Fraser shared tested and proven strategies on maximizing relationships and networks for organizational and career advancement. He noted that most leaders, career professionals and entrepreneurs are struggling because they are not networking right and are not maximizing relationships.
Canadian self-made millionaire and real estate maven Kristen Cripps spoke on maintaining happiness and confidence in challenging times. She charged the attendees to decide on career paths that best suit their passion and be clear on their goals. “Relentlessness is the “silver bullet” to success. Don’t stop pushing” she encouraged. The two-day event was hosted by renowned compeer and entrepreneur, Dayo Benjamins-Laniyi.