By Gideon Ayodele
As the PDP primary election is getting closer, it is equally getting clearer that the only aspirant that the APC and Yahaya Bello dread is Senator Dino Melaye and as it stands today, the biggest mistake PDP delegates can make is not voting him. He is the sure best candidate that can wrestle and take power from the incumbent Yahaya Bello.
Notable among the qualities inherent is Senator Dino Melaye that stands him out amongst other aspirants pressing for the PDP ticket is honesty, which is one of the main qualities that define a good leader. Making honest and ethical behaviour as a key value, makes a successful leadership. According to John C. Maxwell “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
Communication is the key to success, said everyone and is a great asset pocessed by Senator Dino Melaye. Without clear communication, your followers will have trouble to understand your mission, goals, and vision. Communication should be consistent when it comes to establishing work expectations or giving constructive feedback. With great communication, your followers will have a broad understanding to what they are working for.
Nelson Mandela opined that “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”
Senator Dino Melaye’s confidence has no match. Another one of the leadership qualities specifically dominant in Dino Melaye, is having confidence. Admit it, there may be days where the future of your brand is cloudy or the activities do not look promising. Any government or businesses would have gone through these issues before; so it is not something new.
As a leader, it is your responsibility to maintain the team morale and keep moving forward. Keep your confidence level up and assure everyone that setbacks being looked into. By staying calm and confident, the team would not worry as they put their trust in you.
Melaye is always committed to a course. Nothing shows commitment like getting your hands dirty with the rest of the team. There is no greater motivation than seeing their leader working alongside everyone else. By proving your commitment to your people and especially your team, you will not only earn the respect of your team, but will also instil that same hardworking drive among your staff.
Showing your commitment sets the example for others to follow, and leads to greater loyalty and in turn respect for you as a leader. Set the tone of commitment, and others will follow suit. Remember that if you expect your team to work hard and produce quality work, you would need to lead by example.
Positive attitude is another quality that Melaye is specially blessed with. To keep your team motivated towards the continued success, and keep the energy levels up. He is found of giving his sorrounding mood, a fine balance between productivity and playfulness. If your team is feeling happy and upbeat, chances are they won’t mind staying that extra hour to finish and assignment or task, or devoting their best work to the brand. Peter Drucker nailed it, “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right”
Dino Melaye is someone the team could look up to for answers or solutions, he takes responsibility to think outside the box when any issues arise.
Another quality that defines Senator Dino Melaye as a good leader is being inspiring. Being able to inspire your team is great for focusing on your vision and goals, but it is also important for the team during the current project.
Having empathy as a leader goes a long way. Empathy is the ability to understand or feel what other people are experiencing. In other words, he put himself in other people’s shoe. Extraordinary leaders praise in public and address problems in private.
A good leader as found in Melaye takes responsibility for everyone’s performance as well as their own. When things are going well, they praise. However when problems arise, they identify them quickly, seek solutions, and get the team back on track.
Melaye as a good leader that kogi state needs now is generally focused and they are able to think rationally. Not only does a good leader view a situation as a whole, but is able to narrow down the cause as well as find the solution to the problem. He has shown that a to be kogi state governor should also be self-driven to work harder in wanting to achieve better results for the state. He is the driving force in the team and also someone the team could look up to and encourage the rest to work together. “People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” -Theodore Roosevelt