Sustainable development will not just happen; it must be planned. An organization without a plan is like a traveler without a map. Yes, one can wonder into the destination, but a plan minimizes the wondering. Leadership is all about planning and implementing the collective strategic objectives of the people for self-actualization. Leaders must plan development that is sustainable and comprehensive. An unplanned development will create confusion with negative environmental impact or “externalities.” Development must be sustainable in time and comprehensive in scope. While implementation is what produces results, planning is what organizes the process, people, and technology to ensure acceptable performance. Learn how to marry planning with effective implementation.
Corruption is the cause and the result of the structural and leadership challenges of Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Corruption is manifested in the poor level of disciplined long-term planning and implementation. Corruption blinds against justice and equity. It is a fact that national development plans have been documented, but the establishment and implementation processes have been problematic chronically due to corruption. To overcome this hydra-headed corruption, poor leadership, and structural challenge, CSDPI praxis taught in the book must be situated in the context of equitable global sustainable development (EGSD). Credible leadership is transparent. Lack of transparency creates disconnect between the leadership and the people. To enhance transparency and build trust, leaders should communicate their plans to the public and also report progress, performance, and results.
Structure is essential for sustainability. Sustainable development in an unstable governance structure is a near impossibility. Even if transformational leadership emerges and does take the initiative for sustainable development, the preexistent poor governing structure will stagnate or “pull back” progress and make such effort futile. Poor governance structure is both a derivative and enabler of lack of transparency, exploitation, underdevelopment and corruption. Unfortunately, this is the core problem that many underdeveloped countries, organizations and institutions. This book shows how to build sustainable governance structure.
Sustainable development, on the other hand, will not happen without a stable structure and good leadership. These three aspects of any nation’s well-being are interactively interdependent and interrelated. Hence, the postulation that CSDPI praxis is the way forward. With CSDPI praxis, transformational leadership and stable structure will emerge. African countries, organizations and institutions needs transformational leadership and a stable structure for good governance toward sustainable development in an equitable fashion. The issue is where to start, given the present level of underdevelopment and a history of poor governance; an emancipatory agenda is needed.
A leader must be a builder. First, a builder of people and, then, a builder of processes, systems, and infrastructure. People, processes, and technology are the building blocks for a good leader to create, develop, and sustain social and physical systems of governance. A leader that does not know how to build people first may not have a functional organization. It is people that form organizations. It is people that establish processes and apply technology to solve problems. A leader must understand the implications of staff, systems, strategy, styles, structures, shared values, scenarios, services, and schedules—the eight S’s (8-S) of effective leadership shared in the book.
Teamwork, shared vision, accountability for team and individual results, and appropriate incentive are the key enablers for leadership excellence. By definition, leadership implies teamwork. The team leader must be a coach that is able to articulate a compelling vision for others to follow and work to attain. Individual leaders and members of the team must accept responsibility and be accountable for results by meeting agreed targets and deadlines. Credibility is not a onetime attribute that is fixed on stone. Without consistent good performance and results, credibility may be lost. To be a leader is to produce results. Results are not happenstances, miracles, or magic. They are outputs of proper planning and implementation. Setting the appropriate goals and working toward them is how results are produced.
The book is based on my seven (7) years direct observations, participation and communications in the contemporary Nigerian system from the villages, wards, LGAs, States and country. After over 25 years of American education and corporate experiences I went home as a returnee, missionary and/or expert depending on who you ask.
The book captures the structural, leadership and development challenges in the country and prescribes the way forward. There is an urgent need for real transformation starting at our States using what we call operational citizenship and smartphone democracy for comprehensive sustainable development planning and implementation.
Nigerian Governors are too powerful as they are not accountable for the resources nor their actions. They control their parties, legislatures, judiciaries, media, the bureaucracy, security apparatus, traditional institutions and even some of the religious leaders. They can even frustrate your business venture except maybe in Lagos and Abuja if you don’t dance to thier tune. People know this but can’t speak up due to relative poverty and dependency.
“His Excellency” can never be wrong so, if you speak up, they marginalize you or may even risk your security. Those of us in Diaspora are not helping matters because we are only “making internet noise” and hardly confront the situation for one selfish interest or the other.
Except we all arise and challenge the status quo; our villages, wards, clans, LGAs, States and the country is doomed.
That is why I joined Sonny Okosun to raise the question – Which Way Nigeria, Which Way Your State, Which Way Our Race, Which Way Africa? My humble opinion as articulated in the book is that a stable structure and transformational leadership for equitable sustainable development is the way forward. Practical implementation processes, agenda and action steps are outlined in the book for this and future generation of Africans.
__Victor Udo, FNSE, PhD.
Over the last two decades, Victor Udo has worked with several companies, organizations, and non-profit to understudy the nitty-gritties of their leadership structure and what it takes to build sustainable development.
In this book, he uses Nigeria as a case study to share with leaders in the 10 strategic points for A Comprehensive Sustainable Development Planning praxis. As a leader and manager himself, Victor knows this book will take your leadership to the next level and therefore promises and guarantees his work. Enjoy the best of Leadership!
~ Nigerian Leaders: Nigerian leaders will learn key insights to deal with the ravaging issues of corruption, ethnicity, religious intolerance, and issues related to underdevelopment.
~Emerging Global Leaders: Victor shares insights on how leaders and stakeholders can position themselves for sustainable development in the power industry.
~ Academic Leaders: Academic leaders in the secondary and university educational circles in Nigeria can integrate lessons related to governance, citizenship, structure and developmental into the general study syllabus of students to ensure the national is laying a solid-foundation for the next generation.
~ Business Leaders: Using insights shared in this book, business leaders in Nigeria, the Diaspora and other neighbouring countries will learn the strategic methods and steps to position their companies for a sustainable development.
~ Policy Leaders: With the right structure, leadership and insights, lessons learn in this book will shape new ideas, strategies and plans given and implemented by policy leaders to develop Nigeria.
Dr. Victor Udo is a Nigerian born USA trained transformational leadership executive with significant passion on climate change mitigation for global sustainability. He has a strong background and experience on sustainable development and electric power/utility industry in both the public and private sectors.
His education in public policy and electrical engineering has been applied to energy, economic, and environmental sustainability issues. Dr. Udo has supported businesses, institutions, communities and subnational governments to obtain return on investment (ROI) and enhance human capacity development/safety.