• Sun. May 26th, 2024

At the recent Lagos Leadership Summit 2024, Abubakar Suleiman, CEO of Sterling Bank Limited, delivered a profound discourse on the essence and impact of leadership in modern society. Hosted by the Lateef Jakande Leadership Academy, the summit provided a platform for leaders across various sectors to converge and share insights.

Suleiman’s speech, centered on the theme “Leadership Means Always Believing in Better,” emphasized that true leadership is more than just management; it’s about inspiring and empowering people to achieve a shared vision of progress. He highlighted that effective leadership acts as a catalyst for change, pushing both individuals and organizations forward.

Drawing on his extensive experience, Suleiman spoke passionately about the need for purpose-driven leadership. He argued that leaders should be visionaries who not only challenge the status quo but also pursue their visions with unwavering conviction. According to him, such leaders inspire others to transcend their limitations and contribute meaningfully to societal advancement.

In his address, Suleiman also touched upon the concept of Ikigai, a Japanese philosophy that stresses finding joy in life through a balance of passion, vocation, mission, and profession. He described how discovering one’s Ikigai can guide individuals through life’s challenges and lead to a fulfilling existence.

Additionally, the CEO of Sterling Bank tackled the issue of entitlement versus gratitude, pointing out the damaging effects of entitlement on leadership effectiveness. He urged future leaders to foster a culture of gratitude and humility, noting that the greatest leaders prioritize the needs of others over their own desires and ambitions.

Suleiman’s message was clear: leadership is fundamentally about service, sacrifice, and a commitment to bettering the world. His insights at the Lagos Leadership Summit serve as a reminder of the powerful role leaders play in shaping the future.

Sterling Bank continues to be at the forefront of promoting economic growth in Nigeria, with a commitment to delivering innovative financial solutions that empower businesses and individuals alike.

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