Mimiko: I rec­om­mend golf for all in lead­er­ship po­si­tions

Daily Trust - - GOLF DIGEST -

Ac­cord­ing to the Ex­ec­u­tive Gov­er­nor of Ondo State, Dr. Oluse­gun Mimiko, golf is er­ro­neously em­blema­tized as an agent for the bour­geoisie and a highly ex­pen­sive sport. But the ebul­lient Gov­er­nor who in­ter­est­ingly is a golf ad­dict be­lieves there are more in­nate ben­e­fits in­her­ent in the game of golf than ones imag­i­na­tion can fathom.

“I am per­son­ally con­vinced that golf is a re­ceipt for good lead­er­ship”, the Gov­er­nor says. “This may sound Greek to many, but wait a minute. The rea­son is not that most golfers are lead­ers in the so­ci­ety, but there is value char­ac­ter­is­tics in­tri­cately sub­merged in this noble sport that ev­ery in­di­vid­ual and in­deed, ev­ery na­tion must cot­ton on to for a bet­ter so­ci­ety.

“But let’s look at this way. The very root of good lead­er­ship is your con­science: that tiny part of your mind that al­lows you to ex­am­ine your ac­tion, in the light of good or bad. So a game that gives no room for cheat­ing, to state the ob­vi­ous, is a char­ac­ter builder. Any at­tempt to cheat in the game of golf, pitches one on the side as a taboo amongst con­sci­en­tious golfers.

“Ba­si­cally as a golfer, you must al­ways be con­scious of your­self, be­cause at each point in time you’re closely watched. Of course, ap­pro­pri­ate records are kept and there is the time of reck­on­ing and you know what that means. The fact is sim­ply that as a golfer you’re a dis­ci­plined per­son and it’s this qual­ity that first of all gives you a po­si­tion as a golfer”.

Mimiko equally men­tioned that golf is a game of con­cen­tra­tion and it is only a sane mind that can con­cen­trate.

“Con­cen­tra­tion is that art of sum­mon­ing the whole sole in­ner spirit, par­tic­u­larly in or­der to per­form a dif­fi­cult task,” the gov­er­nor said.

“The abil­ity to con­cen­trate is the in­spi­ra­tional push you need to per­form as a golfer. The art of con­cen­tra­tion de­mands dis­ci­pline and to­tal com­mit­ment and these are ba­sic re­quire­ments for those of us who aspire to man­age men and ma­te­rial. Con­cen­tra­tion as an in­tel­lec­tual qual­ity in­volves ar­tic­u­la­tion, pur­pose­ful­ness, dex­ter­ity, de­ter­mi­na­tion and in­sis­tency, con­cen­tra­tion is not in a hurry. As a golfer, you’re a good com­mu­ni­ca­tor. This is be­cause to do well as a golfer in­volves that you pos­sesses that abil­ity to link up your sen­si­bil­i­ties to the en­tire process, any dis­trac­tion spells fail­ure for you.

Play­ing golf is sim­ply a lead­er­ship process. All the char­ac­ter­is­tics of these two ar­eas: golf and lead­er­ship are in­ter­twined. It’s there­fore not sur­pris­ing that most peo­ple I know who are do­ing quite well in lead­er­ship po­si­tions are in­deed golfers. My think­ing is that any­body who calls him­self a leader must learn to play golf. There’s this lyri­cal and se­man­tic power that res­onates with the game of golf which must be ac­cepted to golfers once you’re un­der­go­ing lead­er­ship train­ing. Thus, while the game tasks the vis­i­ble bur­den of lead­er­ship off your shoul­der as a recre­ation, you’re psy­cho­log­i­cally un­der­go­ing a rite of clean­ing that im­bibes and reen­acts lead­er­ship ideals in your sys­tem”.

The Gov­er­nor con­cludes that the con­cept of golf and the lesson of the game have been tremen­dous as­sis­tance to him since he ven­tured into pub­lic ser­vice and lead­er­ship po­si­tions over the past 25 years. Hear him: “As a gov­er­nor, I find the les­sons of golf very re­ward­ing and use­ful. I rec­om­mend golf for all those who are in lead­er­ship po­si­tions as well as those who aspire for lead­er­ship in our so­ci­ety as it is com­mon with the western democ­ra­cies. it may not be a co­in­ci­dence that vir­tu­ally all Amer­i­can Pres­i­dents play golf. So let us em­brace this time hon­oured game of dis­ci­pline, in­tegrity, con­sid­er­a­tion for oth­ers, phys­i­cal and men­tal well-be­ing and lead­er­ship train­ing.

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