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HIT THE GROUND RUNNING: The first thing this community leader did was to launch the electrification of the estate. Within the first year of his tenure everyone had electricity. Next he moved to secure the estate. He got the estate to build the gate of the estate and he employed security men to man the gate.
LESSON: As a a business or community leader, you must start with something visible but easily achievable to buy the trust of your followers
DIVISION OF LABOUR: He created different committees to be in charge of each project. That way, the burden was less on him. Each committee met with his team to brief them on the progress that they were making
LESSON: Give vibrant people in your organisation some sense of belonging by creating space for them to help grow your vision for the organisation
FOCUS ON THE KEY NEED OF YOUR PEOPLE - The magic that this community leader did was to construct the over five kilometre of road within the community with paved stone. This even to me was quite outstanding. In fact other communities are sending their people to him to understudy how he did it. He saw that the key need of his community was access road. He began by tasking his community. and immediately started working on the road 100 metres at a time. In less than two years, he has been able to construct an amazing network of road.
LESSON: Solve the problems that your customer or people are facing and not the problem you like.
TASK YOUR PEOPLE TO GET THE JOB DONE: This community leader team that collect money used for the project can be quite annoying in carrying out their task. On the day that they want to collect the levies from the residents, they will lock all the exits from the estate and no one goes out without showing evidence that he or she has paid
LESSON: You must be a tough leader and take tough decisions that may annoy some of your followers if you want to achieve great results
BE ACCESSIBLE AND GO SEE FOR YOURSELF: The beauty of this community leader leadership style is that he is always accessible. And most times you will see him walking around to see for himself what is going on in his community. That way he can feel the pulse of his people to be sure that he is working in Line with their needs.
BE WILLING TO STEP DOWN FOR OTHER TO STEP UP: He has been calling for an election for years because his tenure has expired but his community will always step it down any time it is raised during a community meeting. They will always say that they are not ready for one yet.
LESSON: When you add value to a system, everyone in the system will work extra hard to ensure that you remain even if it means increasing your reward.