ELP Book Reading

ELP inspiration book reading is a component of CSAAEINC’s Emerging African Leaders Program. In-between the ELP Leadership Foundation Conferences held in November/December annually and ELP Mid-Year Leadership Portfolio Summit held in June annually, emerging leaders read books on effective leadership selected by mentors. The aim is to enhance their ethics, leadership skills and innovative spirit. Books are read gradually for assimilation. Emerging Leaders discuss books read on ELP virtual training room every Friday. The aim is to share various views on the book and to apply it to emerging leaders’ peculiar situations. Book reading runs from December to November and books are provided free of charge to each emerging leader.

Reading Now
December 2016 - November 2017

Who Moved My Cheese

Read by many, is the book, Who Moved My Cheese?; an interesting and inspiring story told by Dr. Spencer Johnson on how to help people, get acclimatized to unexpected changes.

The characters of the story were Sniff and Scurry, Hem and Haw. They were in search for Cheese but they did it differently; while Sniff and Scurry were particularly meticulous during their search, Hem and Haw gave a flippant approach towards their search for Cheese.

Amazingly, both saw the Cheese differently. While Sniff and Scurry remained attentive even after they found their Cheese, Hem and Haw were a little different; they saw the Cheese as an entitlement and never thought it would diminish.

The unexpected happened. Sniff and Scurry found their Cheese missing. Although, they were sad, but decided to move on. When Hem and Haw saw what Sniff and Scurry had seen, they were dumbfounded. They did not anticipate change. Unlike Sniff and Scurry, they decided to remain at. their old Cheese Station.

Haw, who was quite different from Hem, was filled with energy and ready to move on. He was however, daunted by Hem. Notwithstanding the fact that Haw was ready to move on, he was encumbered by his skepticism for a better Cheese. He feared engaging in a race of futility, but after several attempts, he faced his fears by defeating it.

The book emphasizes that Letting go of what we know is hard, but essential for growth and improvement. The quicker we let go of old things, the sooner we can learn new skills and create a better future.

Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell

Developing the Leader Within You by John Maxwell is truly the landmark book on leadership. The author, dives into the heart of leadership, showing us early on in the book that true leadership has very little to do with title, salary or the corner office. Instead, he teaches what it takes to become a leader that people want to follow; a leader that captures the hearts, minds and actions of his or her followers. Leadership, according to John Maxwell, is about who you become, not what you’re given or proclaimed to be.

He covered ten crucial areas of leadership (influence, priorities, integrity, creating positive change, problem solving, attitude, people, vision, self-discipline, and staff development), the core of his message can be broken into two parts: self-development and people development.
From the book we were able to extract the following Insights:

  • Leaders are not born, but are made
  • You have to discover leadership
  • Leadership is the ability to obtain followers
  • Everyone can become a great leader
  • Leadership is influence
  • Change the leader, change the organization
  • Be open to change; i.e. Henry Ford example
  • Never solve a problem for a person
  • Work on yourself first, than others
  • Nothing moves until your people make it move

The book clearly outlines best practices for successful leadership, and gives hope to those that wish to be a leader but are uncertain if they have the skills and abilities, as well as those leaders that wish to self-reflect and improve their own leadership. The book is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in pursuing, or continuing, a journey in leadership.

A journey beyond the Horizon: Memoirs of Professor Sunday Nnata

December 2015 - November 2016

Nigeria: A New History of a Turbulent Century by Richard Bourne

This book provided an excellent overview of the main political events of Nigeria’s first hundred years, concentrating on politics at the centre, on the machinations of colonial officials and subsequently of politicians, generals and other leaders with name-recognition, trying to establish control of the apparatus of government.
December 2014 - November 2015

Career Path: Capacities, Competencies and Character by Godswill Agbagwa (editor)

The purpose of the book is to help students and members of various occupations build the capacities, competencies and character to become successful citizens. This book teaches readers how to become successful entrepreneurs; how to create, manage, save and grow money; how to get dream jobs; and how to get involved in civic activities. It also teaches readers how to take advantage of the social media; how to fight for their rights as citizens; how to be ethical in various occupations; how to secure educational and training opportunities home and abroad; as well as how to become ethical and inspirational leaders. This book is suitable for college, university and seminary courses as well as for members of various occupations who want to achieve sterling successes and bring positive changes to the nation.

You Don’t Need A Title to be a Leader by Mark Sanborn

The book center’s on leadership, that leadership isn’t a mysterious art practiced only by few people, it is the daily response of every man and woman who wishes to make a positive difference in the world, and make it a little bit better place as a result of their efforts.
December 2013 - November 2014

Seven habits of highly effective people by Steven Covey

 This book opens with an explanation of how many individuals who have achieved a high degree of outward success still find themselves struggling with an inner need for developing personal effectiveness and growing healthy relationship with other people. In order to change a given situation, we must change ourselves and in order to change ourselves, we must be able to change our perceptions.

The Girl Entrepreneur by Ibukun Awosika

This book was written to encourage everyone who in one way or another wishing to be the owner of one business or the other, for those who have the passion to contribute to the country and the world at large both spiritually, morally and otherwise.