‘The leader that will steer an organization towards effectiveness must be strategic in thinking and action’
These were the opening remarks of Rev Tope Popoola of the Haggai Leadership Institute Singapore at the strategic leadership summit themed Empowerment for Strategic Relevance which took place at the New University Auditorium, Redeemer’s University on Saturday October 4,2008.
Earlier in his conceptual paper entitled Power for Strategic Relevance, the facilitator of the summit and lecturer, Department of English, Redeemer’s University, Mark Osamagbe Ighile, noted that relevance in life and ministry was a function of divine power, adding that without a supernatural enablement, existence has no meaning..Citing copious examples from the scriptures, Pastor Ighile observed that while bible characters like Samson and Saul were relevant for a season, others like David and Paul stood the test of time. According to him, qualities like steadfastness, humility, consciousness of God’s presence, holy lifestyle and obedience were crucial to timeless relevance
In his highly researched paper styled Training for Significance, Pastor J.A. Bolarinwa, Principal, Redeemed Bible College, who is also a Ph.D holder in Systematic Theology from the University of Ibadan, made a case for the well-suited training for the individual, the correct form of training for specific service and the ABC of vocational training.
The summit which was organized by Mosam World Communications with immense assistance from the Redeemer’s University Chapel, also featured enlightening presentations such as Strategies for Making the Home Work by Pst.(Mrs) Oghali Alakija , The Leader That Prays With Results by Kole Aiyejusunle, Consultant and Lecturer, University of Lagos and Effective Positioning for Political Relevance by Olalekan Obademi of the Redeemer’s Universit.The chaplain of the Redeemer’s University Chapel, Pastor Olugbenga Akosile ended the presentation session with a brief but insightful exposition on leadership framework for decision making.
Participants drawn from the corporate world, the University of Ibadan, the Redeemed Christian Bible School and staff and students of the Redeemer’s University graced the occasion. The strategic leadership summit, which is part of the teaching and leadership training ministry of the facilitator, comes up every May and October.