The 2008 Global financial crisis challenged global prosperity. The blame for it was placed at the doors of failing corporate leadership. In the same vein, on 9/11/2001, commercial Jet liners crashing into the World Trade Centre Towers in New York, showed that Main Street, like Wall street, could use authentic leadership. America had been attacked and its leaders found wanting.
These world crises were surely crises of leadership. That is made even more evident by the crisis of development and scourge of poverty in resource rich countries, like Nigeria, where corruption is systemic and the direct link of corruption to many deaths, is palpable. This book brings hope that people can be trained to lead and overcome these problems. It is hope drawn from both research and praxis and the social enterprise engagements of the Centre for Values in Leadership.
Pat Utomi, one of Africa’s foremost Political Economists and noted Professor of Entrepreneurship, has earned the right to write about Leadership. He became the first PhD to reach a Presidential Advisory position, in Nigeria, at 27. He first engaged the subject from praxis, then through study, consulting and public speaking.
In 2004 he founded the Centre for Values in Leadership after years of celebrated academic work at the prestigious Lagos Business School where he was a senior founding Faculty, and its face, and symbol, for many years, as Director of the Centre Applied Economics. He has been candidate for president of Nigeria and a leader of the Opposition, after many years as the Chief operating officer for Volkswagen of Nigeria.