The Minister for Trade and Industry, Ms. Hannah Tetteh, has called on people in leadership positions to be willing to take responsibility and mentor others to make the right choices.
Dr. Joyce Aryee, who assisted the Minister to jointly declare the forum launched, urged people in leadership positions to learn to be better leaders because opportunities exist to become better than before.
Ms. Tetteh made the call at the launch of the Leadership Challenge Forum in Accra yesterday.
Other speakers at the function were Dr. K.B. Asante, a retired Diplomat, Mr. B.A. Forson, Director-General of the National Communications Authority, Dr. Grace Bediako, Governmental Statistician, Mr. Steve Kpordzih, Managing Director of the Agricultural Development Bank and Prof. S.N. Woode, Chairman of the Public Services Commission.
The thoughts on leadership that emerged at the launch were that leadership thrives on credibility, selfless service and honourable character, and that the talent of leadership must be turned into opportunities.
The various speakers emphasised the need for leadership by example which is said to be about credibility, integrity and trust.
They noted that there are different levels of leadership, all of which are equally important and that for effective and positive results, the potentials of everybody should be harnessed.
They expressed the hope that the upcoming forum will change the perspectives of the people on the way leaders perform.
In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of The Capital Group, Mr. Sammy Adetola called for bridging the leadership gap that presently exists in the Ghanaian society.
The launch precedes the Leadership Challenge Forum which is scheduled to be held on the 11th and 12th of March 2010.
It is being organised by The Capital Group – Ghana in partnership with Somona Leadership Systems – USA.
The Capital Group is a leading management consultancy firm which specialises in Human Resource Training and Capacity Building, and Financial Advisory and Debt Management, whilst Somona Leadership Systems of California is a certified master facilitator who will deliver the sessions of the seminar.
The Leadership Challenge is a leadership development programme by bestselling authors, Jon Kouzes and Barry Posner, both of them Professors of Leadership Development at Santa Clara University, California, USA.
It is being held for the first time in Ghana, the object of which is to make people good leaders.
Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)