The Senior Pastor of God Life Assembly, Pastor Chingtok Ishaku has said that leadership goes beyond the occupation of an office, said Leadership is the ability to willed sufficient thoughts and ideas to drive people and motivate them into each fulfilling the best for their lives.
Pastor Chingtok made this known at the graduating ceremony of the Pathfinders school of Leadership which was held at the church auditorium of the Gods Life Assembly in Jos Plateau state on Sunday 6th June 2021.
He noted that leadership is postured by God as such the Pathfinders School of Leadership is not just intended on making Christian Leaders, but to make great leaders out of the Christian cultures and values.
He said the drive was to raise true leaders who will posture leadership from every front, as such it was important to begin to prepare people for whatever position as everyone will eventually end up as a leader either in a family, a group or in an organization.
He said “we cannot stand and complain about the things that are and not make preparations for the days to come, as the name ‘Pathfinders’ meaning that the way to it seems to have been lost as such we have to find the path by building again the culture of leadership within society”
Speaking to newsmen in Jos, the coordinator of the program, Mr. Alex Ladan said the school of leadership was created in response to the conversation about the leadership deficit being experienced in Nigeria as the country is lacking behind when it comes to quality leadership
He said the leadership school was an 8weekends of intensive training with the idea of installing on participants the virtues of quality leadership.
Ladan said facilitators, were drawn from renowned people of proven integrity and track records of leadership in getting the kind of leaders that were needed as a people without proper leadership, will be a people on a quest with finding their acts right.
A graduating participant, Barr. Ibrahim Gwani, who spoke on behalf of the graduating participant, said the training has taught them how to make a difference wherever they may find themselves, the ability to take initiatives, and also raised their awareness on the importance of citizens and leaders.
He said the key was in understanding that a person must first of all lead himself before he can be in a position to lead others.
In his words; “it is who we are from within that determines the kind of leadership that we will provide, If a person is internally conflicted such cannot provide purposeful leadership. At some point, those conflict will manifest in the leader and begin to reflect in his leadership style”
Gwani also emphasized the fact that the training has taught them how to lead themselves as leadership doesn’t mean a set of rules that makes one take advantage of people and manipulate them but a call to serve as the society depends on such service.
Leaders must understand what needs to be done. He said the school has also built them as leaders that should not just wait for opportunities or an office before acting but must however start to exemplify leadership in the little ways available. He noted that some of the participants have a group where they are already visiting schools to assist teachers to become better in providing efficient communication in IT and other groups are on medical outreaches etc.
The event culminated in the presentation of certificates to graduating students of the Pathfinders School of leadership as they were charged to be great leaders showcasing Christian cultures and values.