By SADIQ ABUBAKAR, Maiduguri –
Women in Borno State have been urged to imbibe effective leadership traits in order to promote peaceful coexistence, peace building and harmony in the state.
Dr. Muhammad Abdullahi, a lecturer from The Department of Political Science, University of Maiduguri, made the call during a one day leadership training organized by the Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development in collaboration with International Civil Society Network ( ICAN).
The leadership workshop for women participants was held on Wednesday at Women Development Center Auditorium, Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
In his paper presentation, the facilitator gave an overview of the training objectives which centered on leadership, imparting knowledge of leadership skills, characteristics, qualities and styles of leaderships amongst others.
Dr. Abdullahi noted that without proper display of leadership virtues by those saddled with the responsibility of leading people, there would not be peace and meaningful development in the society.
The facilitator further noted that good leaders are born genetically based on the Trait Theory .
“Leaders can be made too based on behaviour Theory where leaders can be taught or trained despite the fact that not all people or everybody can be a leader. There are things leaders should do and not to do, apart from issues of transparency, accountability, honesty, sincerity, humility, , communication and delegation of powers or responsibilities among others”, he said.
He therefore urged women as leaders in their homes and workplaces to continue to exhibit good and quality leadership style by way of carrying all and sundry along on board irrespective class, race, age, status, position, rank, education, health, wealth and political background.
He reiterated that leadership is centered on individual character , attitude, manners, behaviour, environment etc.
He said: “Leadership is not all about power or position or riches or poverty or health or wealth but many characteristics associated with how one can carry or lead others, unite and influence others, relate and interact with others among other variables”.
The university don, therefore, charged the women participants to establish cordial working relationship with each other and people around them as well live in peace and harmony with one another.
The workshop had in attendance women stakeholders, and leaders drawn from eight (8) Jire dole groups comprising of mothers of victims of detention, women detainees, early marriage, network of survivors, knifer women, mothers of Invisibles , wives of victims of detention and male youths of detention.
Other groups include six (6) Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) comprising of Muslim widows, Christian Widows, Muslim Sisters Organization, Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria, Women in Dawa’ah and Women CAN Wing.