Posted: January 15, 2017 in UNLEASHIDEA INC.


1. @dayus4heaven| Thank you for that warm intro. So let’s talk leadership! For context, I want to focus on SELF-LEADERSHIP #BreakingBarriers
 2. @dayus4heaven| Often, issue of leadership seem 2 connote a designated a few, today we look at it as a universal concept #BreakingBarriers

3. What’s self-leadership?How does one lead oneself? What are attributes of leaders?Does it relate to citizens as leaders? #BreakingBarriers

4. Specifically, why is SELF-Leadership so critical at this point in our national dev? Let’s pre-frame this with 2 quotes #BreakingBarriers

5. “Adjustment to a deformed society creates deformed individuals.”~Arthur Koestler Basically, we have a choice about this #BreakingBarriers

6. Achebe: “The trouble with Nigeria is simply & squarely a failure of leadership.” But what if the leaders NEVER change? #BreakingBarriers

7. From these two quotes, there’s a juxtaposition which puts the citizen @ the core of meaningful change when leaders fail #BreakingBarriers

8. So if citizens have to occupy a new construct in the chasm of leadership failure, how do they practice self-leadership? #BreakingBarriers

9. Self-leadership entails a series of intertwined attributes, traits that every citizen must live by to co-create change #BreakingBarriers

10. Again, Achebe -“The Nigerian problem is the unwillingness or inability of its leaders to rise to the RESPONSIBILITY,..”#BreakingBarriers

11.Key concepts to focus on today are – RESPONSIBILITY, EXEMPLARY INTEGRITY, INTELLIGENCE, COMMITMENT, DISRUPTIVE change #BreakingBarriers

12. RESPONSIBILITY as a function Self-Leadership=we do not just point fingers @ leaders, but also look at our (in)actions #BreakingBarriers

13. How exactly are leaders responsible 4 our failure? And more importantly, how’re citizens responsible 4 allowing this? #BreakingBarriers

14. RESPONSIBILITY as a function Self-Leadership=we do not just point fingers @ leaders, but also look at our (in)actions #BreakingBarriers

15. Next logical level becomes- what exactly’s the leadership-citizen contract? Who is responsible for what, at all tiers? #BreakingBarriers

16. The unwritten twins surrounding RESPONSIBILITY are CHOICE & CONSEQUENCE. Are citizens willing to enforce consequences? #BreakingBarriers

17. Citizen-Responsibility =2 get new outcomes they must create consequences & implement them if leaders make poor choices #BreakingBarriers

18. RESPONSIBILITY then becomes a dual frame for both leaders & citizens -are citizens ORGANIZED to mete out consequences? #BreakingBarriers

19. Understanding that without consequences status quo continues, means citizens need to channel their fight with cohesion #BreakingBarriers

20. A need to revisit/strengthen accountability tools citizens use to hold leaders to task. We make it OUR responsibility #BreakingBarriers

21. B. EXEMPLARY INTELLIGENCE – Beyond certificate scandal, let’s look at a need for intelligence in both leaders/citizens #BreakingBarriers

22. A huge gaps in our political system is education. It reflects in the work ethics-standards of leaders & even citizens #BreakingBarriers

23. To ‘fix’ intelligence/education gaps of leaders, let’s start with a bottom-up approach; how are most leaders educated? #BreakingBarriers

24. Specifically, a need to re-base intelligence beyond IQ & include key EQ components. Emotional intelligence is LACKING #BreakingBarriers

25. A need to make the key attributes (IQ/EQ) INGRAINED in BOTH leaders/citizens. Of the 2 EQ is more needed in our nation #BreakingBarriers

26. The most practical, bottom-up & effective way to include EQ in our national fabric is through QUALITY public education #BreakingBarriers

27. Since we’ve agreed 2 premise of leadership failure, it means citizen-led ADVOCACY re PUBLIC EDUCATION reforms =A must! #BreakingBarriers

28. Self-Leadership in context of EQ means each citizen takes RESPONSIBILITY 4 equipping themselves with skills/paying fwd #BreakingBarriers

29. Our leaders CANNOT give what they do not have; some skills like EQ are better embedded in formative years (0 to 17). #BreakingBarriers

30. Public Education reforms MUST be led by citizens to be effective. Our current crop of leaders evidently lack capacity #BreakingBarriers

31. Core of education reforms revolves around teacher training. To teach millions EQ, great path’s to train teachers on it #BreakingBarriers

32. Leadership/Citizenry without EQ is deficit. Governance should balance both head space & be heart-centric to thrive.. #BreakingBarriers

33. Are you/citizens, willing 2 take on commitment of equipping ourselves & our spheres of influence with Domains of EQ? #BreakingBarriers

34. These are key domains of Emotional Intelligence 

a)  Self-Awareness 

b)  Self-Regulation 

c)  Self-Motivation

 d)  Empathy 

e)   Respect for all  #BreakingBarriers

35. C. INTEGRITY – One of my favourite topics. Without integrity/trust the leaders – citizens social contract breaks down. #BreakingBarriers

36. A lot of leaders past/present’ve shown to  be without integrity; saying one thing & doing another. But what of citizens? #BreakingBarriers

37. We’ve a deformed society. We’ve leadership failure. How do citizens DISRUPT this trajectory? It starts with integrity #BreakingBarriers

38. Self-Leadership posits that without personal INTEGRITY it is difficult 4 citizens to hold others (leaders) accountable #BreakingBarriers

39. Are citizens ready 4 an honest conversation on their personal STANDARDS of INTEGRITY & INTEGRITY GAPS w/out blaming? #BREAKINGBarriers

40. Our society is how it is cos most citizens/leaders has an integrity gap or lack of clarity of their standards/values #BreakingBarriers

41. We cannot talk about INTEGRITY without talking about our personal v\Aalues, which morphs into a societal value construct #BreakingBarriers

42. What’re your Personal Values?- Your core principles / standards of behavior; judgment of what is important in ur life? #BreakingBarriers

43. Stark reality is our society gives a damning result of our collective values – for life, equality, education, hygiene #BreakingBarriers

44. So using the SELF-LEADERSHIP paradigm, our values’re calibrated not by what we say but by what we do & who’re we BEING #BreakingBarriers

45. So the question citizens (who we’ve defined to be leaders too), should ask is- what are my true HIERARCHIES of VALUES? #BreakingBarriers

46. We are where we are -failure of leadership & DIS-EMPOWERED citizens because of an AMBIGUITY about our value construct #BreakingBarriers

47. Thus real conversation around change, transformation, leadership’s really about RE-DEFINING our hierarchies of values #BreakingBarriers

48. Without CLARITY about our hierarchies of personal values, we cannot have common national values=Stagnation/No progress #BreakingBarriers

49. E.g Do we truly VALUE life?| What is value of a Nigerian life?| Do we value quality education?| For All or for some? #BreakingBarriers

50. Self-Leadership means each citizen’s willing 2 radically commit 2 shifting their thinking and actioning 4 new outcomes #BreakingBarriers

51. Without this shift from pyramid’s base, rot cannot be reversed. There’s more power at the base, we need to grasp this! #BreakingBarriers

52. Critical mass starts with ONE which then forms a chain; if we are ambiguous about your values, this chain breaks off.. #BreakingBarriers

53.  Are citizens willing 2 DISRUPT their normalized hell for an unknown new order which is certainly better? It’s behavioural #BreakingBarriers

54. E COMMITMENT- Are we willing to make the commitment?Revisit long held values/beliefs on nationhood, tribe, meritocracy?#BreakingBarriers

55. Citizen-Commitment means we’re willing/ready/able 2 use all our resources in pursuit of a new order which reflects us. #BreakingBarriers

56. “PROGRESS is not created by contented people.” ~ Frank Tyger Are citizens HUNGRY and DISCONTENTED enough to fight?? #BreakingBarriers

57. The real conversation of self-leadership is an honest reflection about what/who we are at our core – blamers or doers? #BreakingBarriers

58. A radical OVERHAUL of PUBLIC Education’s most effective path 2 transform our value construct/progress. Who leads this? #BreakingBarriers

59. Each of us has a unique role to play in the dysfunction of our society; each of us also has a role in its +ve reform. #BreakingBarriers

60.  The myth of the citizens as ‘dis-empowered’ is a fallacy. No victims here – now, both leaders/citizens fuel the rot #BreakingBarriers

61. What we ALLOW as a society persists. Leaders abuse us cos we COLLECTIVELY gave away our powers. Ready to take it back? #BreakingBarriers

62. @dayus4heaven|#BreakingBarriers Thank u so much for having me on today’s tweet chat. Let’s become EMPOWERED citizens, re-write our narrative

Want to appreciate Juliet Kego for those insightful words shared via #BreakingBarriers. 

Remember with God its people like us that succeed in life.  

To your success, 

Adedayo Olabamiji 


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