Leaders at all levels are expected to exhibit ethical behavior not only to those they lead within public organizations and institutions but everyone in the society.
The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC)/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Professor Umar Danbatta, leaders are expected to be committed to the principles and values of ethical leadership. It should be noted that the citizens are demanding higher standards of ethics, transparency and accountability. Therefore, the only thing that will take Nigeria out of its current economic crisis is the diversification of the economy and having ethical leaders who will manage its resources effectively and efficiently, by ensuring adequate planning and proper management of resources, all-inclusive growth and prudence.
Executive Vice Chairman who stated this in his speech delivered at two days 2020 Hybrid (Online/Onsite) Annual Directors Conference (ADC) Organised by the Institute of Directors (IOD) on Tuesday through to Wednesday November 3-4, 2020
Hybrid (Online/Onsite) Annual Directors Conference this year with the theme: “Ethical leadership as an instrument for national sustainability in the post-oil Nigerian economy. A public sector perspective”
Prof Danbatta noted that ethical leadership is essential for sustainable development of a Country. Nurturing an ethical leader is essential and this will determine the transformation and overall development of the Country. Nigeria stands at the threshold of history and would definitely need ethical leaders to ensure sustainability in the post-oil era as government takes positive steps to diversify the economy, he added.
“Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal. There can never be leadership without a leader.
He pointed out saying ethical leaders possess attributes that enable them function effectively. These attributes include honesty, integrity, accountability, empathy, humility, resilience, vision, influence and positivity. According to him a leader with such attributes plays a very important role in effectively and adequately harnessing the natural and human resources of the Country.
“In order to achieve sustainable economic development, such leader focuses on team building, encourages initiatives by putting the right people in the right places, is a visioner who can forecast and adequately prepare for the future and above all show leadership by example.
EVC said sustainability is the concept of conserving resources for future generations. It can be viewed from the economic, environmental and social perspectives.
He maintained that economic sustainability can be described as a process, which focuses on ensuring that there is growth, which would be sufficient for all kinds of social improvement. It should be noted that economic sustainability can only be achieved where we have ethical leaders at the helm of affairs especially the public sector of the economy, he stressed.
“In order to achieve National sustainability in the post-oil Nigerian economy, the highest standard of ethical leadership is required of all leaders especially in the public sector. This is because the government has enormous authoritative influence on citizens. Therefore, taxpayers expect a high level of integrity from their leaders. Peoples’ confidence and trust in the government increases when their leaders develop policies and take actions that promote the interests and wellbeing of the entire society. This is because public policies have a direct impact on the citizens. Therefore ensuring ethics in the public service is very important.
In this regard, he said the Federal government came up with a Code of Conduct for public officers, which is spelt out in the Fifth Schedule, Part 1 of the 1999 Constitution.
“The aim of the code is to establish and maintain a high standard of integrity in the conduct of government business and to ensure that the actions and behavior of public officers conform to the highest standards of public morality and accountability.