Leadership & Work Ethics – Part 6


Happy New Month to everyone!!! Welcome to MARCH 2017!!! 

We’ve spent quite some time on this series & based on the feedback I’ve gotten from people across various platforms, its been worth it.

Today I will like to quickly look at leadership relationship as it concerns the concept of 360 degree leadership.

After looking at all of the 5 levels of leadership in previous posts, the concept of 360 degree leadership highlights the fact that you can lead from anywhere within an organisation. This concept was explain by John Maxwell in his book “The 360 Degree Leader” & I will just summarise it below.


To be a 360 degree Leader, you must know how to:

  1. LEAD UP ( show leadership & influence to those above you)
  2. LEAD DOWN (show leadership & influence to those below  you)
  3. LEAD ACROSS (show leadership & influence to your peers)


  • Lead yourself exceptionally well
  • Lighten your leader’s load
  • Be willing to do what others wont
  • Do more than manage – LEAD
  • Invest in relational chemistry
  • Be prepared every time you take your leader’s time
  • Know when to push & when to back off
  • Become a go-to-player ( Be a solution provider)
  • Be better tomorrow than you are today


  • Walk slowly through the halls ( Be accessible)
  • See everyone as a “10” ( believe the best of people)
  • Develop each team member as a person.
  • Place people in their strength zone.
  • Model the behaviour you desire.
  • Transfer the vision.
  • Reward Results.


  • Understand, practice & complete the leadership loop (It’s a process & it takes time)
  • Complement fellow leaders & don’t compete
  • Be a friend
  • Avoid office politics ( Adding value should be your only political move)
  • Expand your circle of acquaintances
  • Let the best idea win ( look for WIN-WIN situations)
  • Don’t pretend you’re perfect

On a daily basis, I am constantly working to become a better all round ( 360 degree leader), based on these points and I try to learn from my everyday experience not just at work but in every situation I find myself.

Some days are easy & some are hard, there are days I lead up, down & across effectively & days I mess up totally, but one thing I always do is forgetting the past & pressing forward (Philippians 3:12-14 KJV). I have seen the positive results of being a 360 degree leader & it encourages me to push on.

The next & final post on this series will be looking at work ethics

Are you a leader? What is the level of your influence? Is your influence 360 degree all round? No matter where you are now, strive to move to the next level. There is much more to achieve!!

This is my snippet, I am SHALOMESQ!!!



Leadership & Work Ethics – Part 5


58 days have passed in the year 2017 out of 365 & its the last day of February already, how are you doing as regards your goals for this year? I hope they are going on as planned & you are moving forward in the right direction. As we begin to round up our discussion on the series “Leadership & Work Ethics“, today’s post will be about the final level of leadership.

As seen in the picture below, the final level of leadership or influence is level 5 which is the Personhood (Pinnacle) or Respect level.


This is the highest and most difficult level of leadership or influence. Previous levels 1-4 can be learned & worked at, but at level 5,other people put you there because of who you are & what you represent to them. At this level, the leader becomes a brand & the power of influence gets to the commitment level where people are willing to do anything to maintain that brand & respect.

Not many people are at this level of leadership, but its the ultimate level to have maximum impact in the lives of people. For the sake of being modest, I know John Maxwell will not admit this, but I  believe that he is around this level & he has become synonymous with LEADERSHIP as a brand. He is the number one voice on the topic in the world.

A lot of people around the world ( including myself) have bought into him as a person & what he represents & into his vision of working to equip as many people as possible with leadership teaching. His EQUIP vision has now reached & trained over 6 million people in 196 countries of the world, that is impact!!!

As he celebrated his 70th birthday this month, it is appropriate that I honour a man that I’ve followed through his books ( hard & soft copies), websites,blogs,videos & webinars for over 20 years & I look forward to meeting him ( in person) in not so distant future.



Are you a leader? What is the level of your influence? No matter where you are now, strive to move to the next level. There is much more to achieve!!

This is my snippet, I am SHALOMESQ!!!

Leadership & Work Ethics – Part 3


As we further look at the topic leadership & work ethic, 2 previous posts (Part1 & Part2) have given us a good foundation. You can read them up to catch up on the discussion.

Leadership Level 1 is all about compliance based on Position ( or rights), people follow you because they have to. Level 2 is about Permission ( or relationship) in which people follow you because they want to, they give you the permission to lead them based on genuine & true relationships.

Today, I will be looking at the 3rd level of leadership & this is PRODUCTION

Levels of leadership – LEVEL 3 PRODUCTION

At Level 3, people follow you because of what you have done. There are clear, solid results that you have achieved & as Pastor Ana Sweet will say ” People might argue with your principles, but they will never argue with results“. The success of the leader is what draws follower-ship at this level.

They must have observed something about you that they admire or desire. Your results generally play a big part at this stage & people give you the permission to influence them so as to produce those results themselves.

I have a young man that regularly chats with me about relationships & tells how much he loves & admires  my marriage & home especially after we celebrated our 10th anniversary in 2015. We’ve built a relationship over the years in which he has given me the permission to share my experience especially when my wife & I were dating ( he is currently at that stage) as we prepared for marriage.

Because he saw results in the area that he desires, he is willing & open to my influence in that area. Even though our chats are short ( 10-20 mins), I always ensure I drop new nuggets for him each time which he runs with & by our next chat he provides me with a progress report. I am happy that he is on his path to marital bliss, being equipped to face the unique challenges that will come along the way.

In project management, most project managers rely on their expertise as a form of authority to lead their teams successfully.  I experienced this a lot while consulting & leading projects for 4 years across central & west Africa. Whenever I joined a new project as the lead consultant or PM, the team tends to size me up ( this was particularly a challenge for me considering I was young & black, the usual notion was that only old white PMs can be an expert in Telecoms considering it was new to Africa in the mid 2000’s), but by the time I have my first interaction with the team & display an expert level of knowledge than most of the folks in the team, I tend to hold a higher level of influence & coupled with a good relationship based on mutual respect (level 2) & the fact that I am the boss (level 1), the initial resistance melts into a vibrant team ethics which guaranteed success every time.

Good leaders don’t just create pleasant working environment, they get things done.

Static Train vs Moving Train

Momentum is created at this level, especially if you work with the same team on different projects. This is because the more you work together & produce results on projects, the more trust the team has in their ability to churn out results no matter the obstacle.

John Maxwell uses this example when he talks about momentum, a static train can be stopped from moving by using a small block, but a moving train at 70 mph will crush that block or any obstacle along its way because of momentum.

Leaders can become change agents at this level & take people to the next level of effectiveness. At this point,leading becomes fun!!

A lot of people are usually on Levels 1 -3 in their leadership or influence journey. That has been my experience too, but very few move up to the next 2 levels. I will be looking at Level 4 of leadership in my next post.

Are you a leader? What is the level of your influence? No matter where you are now, strive to move to the next level. There is much more to achieve!!

This is my snippet, I am SHALOMESQ!!!



Leadership & Work Ethics – Part 2


This is a continuation of my series on the topic “Leadership & Work Ethics“. In  part1, I defined what leadership is all about & started talking about the levels of leadership as taught by the world’s leading expert on the topic – John C. Maxwell. 

Just to briefly recap, John in basic terms defines leadership as “INFLUENCE”

INFLUENCE, is the ability to have an effect on the character, development or behaviour of someone or something & we looked at the 1st level of leadership which is positional. At this level, influence is zero as everything done by the leader is executed by rights & the followers have no option but to comply.

Today we will be looking at the second level which is PERMISSION

Levels of leadership – LEVEL 2 PERMISSION

At this level, people follow you because they WANT TO not because they HAVE TO. Irrespective of the situation either at work or play, things become fun as a willing student gives permission to a willing teacher to learn. They allow you to lead.

This level thrives on interpersonal relationship in which both parties are treated with dignity & respect. And I usually say that respect is a 2-way street in which you have to give to receive. If it’s demanded or forced then it reduces the level of influence back to zero which is compliance.


To ensure there is trust in the relationship, the leader must show care. The leader must be interested in the people’s backgrounds, desires, goals & aspirations, create an atmosphere in which people can express themselves freely. There is an expression that says “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. You can like people without leading them, but you will not lead well if you don’t like them.

I have this practice with members of my team(either old or new). I usually ask them to conduct a SWOT analysis of themselves as well as provide me with their goals, desires & targets. We then discuss it one on one & I look at areas where I can help them get better & goals I can help achieve in the shortest possible time. I also empower them to do things in line with the expectation of their role, I make sure they have all the information required to get their job done. I usually learn from these interactions since I conduct a SWOT analysis on myself & have desires, goals & targets that I also track.

These actions ensure that we both move from just compliance ( the fact that they have to do what I say because I’m the manager) to permission ( in which there is an open channel of communication with permission to engage based on my willingness to ensure they are empowered to succeed) because their success is my success.

If you want people to come along with you, they must first get along with you!!

I’ve realised over the years that those I didn’t get to influence or lead effectively were those I didn’t get along with for one reason or the other.

This level of influence is great, but to reap the reward of true influence you must climb up to the next level which we will discuss in another post.


Are you a leader? What is the level of your influence? No matter where you are now, strive to move to the next level. There is much more to achieve!!

This is my snippet, I am SHALOMESQ!!!

Leadership & Work Ethics – Part 1

As we’ve entered the 2nd quarter of 2016, I’ve been inspired to start looking at the areas of leadership & work ethics that guarantees success & winning in life.

For those who have been following my posts, you will recall that the 1st quarter was dedicated to family as I shared on the LOVE LANGUAGE series.

In these series, I will be sharing combined gleaned snippets from 3 books which is currently in focus for me.


John C. Maxwell ( the No.1 leadership expert in the world) says “In basic terms, leadership is INFLUENCE”

INFLUENCE, is the ability to have an effect on the character, development or behaviour of someone or something.

He says that everything rises & falls on leadership. You can trace the greatness of one individual, company or nation to leadership & you can also trace the failure to leadership ( the lack of it).

The annals of history are full of leaders from religion, to politics to military, etc. Moses & Joshua leading the children out of Egypt & into the promise land respectively, King David ( who won all the battles he fought), Alexander The Great, Adolf Hitler, Osama bin Ladin, Graham Bell, Steve Jobs, Jack Welch, Henry Ford, Mahatma Gandhi, Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Ahmadu Bello, Barak Obama, President Buhari, etc.

These people displayed ( or are still displaying ) a high level of influence that has changed & is changing the course of history.

In these series, I will be talking about the 5 levels of leaderships, habits of winners & highly effective people.

John Maxwell indicates that a leader ” Knows the way, Goes the way & Shows the way “. A leader must have the knowledge, strategy & courage to aim for a target & ensure that the objectives are achieved not as an individual but as a team. An African adage says ” If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far go with people

Levels of leadership – LEVEL 1 POSITION

The first level of leadership is position. Everyone start from here, positional leadership is about rights. At this point the level of influence is zero & majorly compliance is the order of the day. The level of influence doesn’t extend beyond the lines of job description or contract.People just tend to do stuff because their leader says so, because they have to & they must comply with it, no other reason is attached.

Position & leadership are not directly related. You might have the position & not have the leadership ( or influence) & you might not have the position ( title) & yet be the leader.

I love kids a lot ( I have 2 of my own), I love watching them play & relate with each other & its really fascinating sometimes when I observe the levels of influence displayed amongst them.

Sometimes its not the oldest or biggest among them that holds the most influence, it’s usually the youngest or smartest or most courageous of them that leads the group.

As we run through these series, I will challenge you to take a look at yourself & assess the level of influence you have in various circles ( At home, work, among your friends & associates, in church, business, etc) & begin to close any gap you see.

Do note that there is always room for improvement, no one knows it all. 1Cor13:9-10 (NLT)  says “Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless”

I am also learning on a daily basis, but what is most important is to ensure measurable progress as time passes by.

Are you a leader? What is the level of your influence?

This is my snippet, I am SHALOMESQ!!!