Dozie Tasks En­trepreneurs on Trans­for­ma­tional Lead­er­ship Cul­ture to Drive Eco­nomic Growth


Ugo Ali­ogo and Es­ther Ehoche

Chair­man of MTN Nige­ria, Dr. Paschal Dozie, has charged en­trepreneurs to im­bibe the cul­ture of trans­for­ma­tional lead­er­ship as a key strat­egy to grow busi­nesses and pro­mote ex­cel­lence.

Dozie, who made the call in La­gos on Wed­nes­day at the launch of a book ti­tled: ‘Who Says You Can’t’ writ­ten by the Chair­man of ABC Trans­port, Frank Nneji, noted that stated that en­trepreneurs can­not not fo­cus on ap­ply­ing the same prin­ci­ples and meth­ods and yet ex­pect great re­sults.

Dozie also stated busi­nesses must cre­ate value to speed up growth and not just fo­cus on old meth­ods of do­ing things if they must re­main com­pet­i­tive in the mar­ket, point­ing out that busi­nesses that pay prior at­ten­tion to profit mak­ing with­out cre­at­ing value is a poor busi­ness.

“Most times, peo­ple are stocked do­ing the same thing. For in­stance, in the vil­lages, if you find an in­di­vid­ual do­ing busi­ness in one par­tic­u­lar line of trade, be­fore long oth­ers join the busi­ness; in­stead of think­ing of how to add value to im­prove busi­nesses and the so­ci­ety. Peo­ple should be more con­cerned on how to struc­turally im­prove the econ­omy, rather than do­ing what oth­ers are do­ing”, he men­tored.

Speak­ing on the book, Dozie said that the au­thor is an en­ter­prise and an en­tre­pre­neur wor­thy of note; not­ing that writ­ing of the book is value ad­di­tion to the econ­omy.

He added: “The au­thor has im­bibed the cul­ture of trans­ac­tional and trans­for­ma­tional lead­er­ship. To­day, is not a day for speeches, but ex­pos­ing the val­ues you have writ­ten in your book. This book is value ad­di­tion to the econ­omy. I want to thank you Frank for this ef­fort and your fam­ily for the role they have played. I will try to prop­a­gate the mes­sage in this book by buy­ing two copies.”

In his re­marks, the key­note speaker, Prof. Pat Utomi, said Nneji has re­de­fined the trans­port sub-sec­tor and pro­vided a tem­plate on how to im­prove the per­for­mance of the sec­tor, adding that he has an un­der­stand­ing of trans­ac­tional and trans­for­ma­tion be­hav­iour in busi­ness.

Utomi also stated the need to ex­am­ine what Nneji has done to trans­form the sec­tor through ABC Trans­port Com­pany and take a cue from his strate­gies. “There is a need to look at what he has done and see how we can explore les­sons from his suc­cess­ful sto­ries”, he said.

Rep­re­sented at the event by Nige­ria’s First Cer­ti­fied Pub­lic Speaker, Ubong Essien, Utomi charged en­trepreneurs on the need to stand out in busi­nesses by ap­ply­ing the prin­ci­ples of trans­for­ma­tional lead­er­ship.

He added: “From the start of this book, we will see a clear in­ten­tion to in­spire, chal­lenge and mo­ti­vate young en­trepreneurs. This is a me­moir that con­tains busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ences and les­sons of Nneji who has seen it fit to share these ex­pe­ri­ences with us. This book con­tains im­por­tant busi­ness sto­ries. There are two types of en­trepreneurs; the trans­ac­tional en­trepreneurs and the trans­for­ma­tional en­trepreneurs.

“Most of our lives and ex­pe­ri­ences to­day are fo­cused more on the trans­ac­tional en­trepreneurs. He re­de­fined the trans­port sec­tor in Nige­ria. He had a vi­sion and he had a dream. He went for the un­com­mon by ask­ing, ‘Why can’t we have avi­a­tion on land?’ He didn’t need to copy any­thing; he just asked ques­tions and chal­lenged cir­cum­stances. For up and com­ing en­trepreneurs, this should be their fo­cus. As a trans­for­ma­tion en­tre­pre­neur, it is about seek­ing to change the world that you are in not seek­ing to be a part of it.”

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