Language and leadership are related concepts because they both focus on the enhancement of human society. They also play complementary roles to each other. Previous researches and prevalent issues have revealed that the world has indeed become a global village with a dominant language which is the English language. The essence of this paper, therefore, is to examine how the English language has become an invaluable tool for qualitative leadership and sustainable development in Nigeria. The paper explores the contributions of the English language in building qualitative leaders for sustainable development in Nigeria, in accordance with global development goals. The study emphasizes the significant role the English language and quality leadership play in almost all spheres of human endeavor having occupied a prominent position in nation building. Since English language and qualitative leadership skills are indispensable tools for national unity and global communication, their total utilization is recommended in order to ensure sustainable nation building.
Language as a concept has been defined as more than a tool for communication. It helps to shape the identity of individuals and groups, as well as serves as a key element in social integration and cultural development. This means that language helps to identify a people as a tribe and transmit their way of life to the next generation as they use it to interact within the group and with other groups of people. Dabo (2001) defines language as a means of communication within a speech community which helps to sustain relationship with other people. It is a vehicle for sharing ideas, thoughts, feelings experiences, using speech, sounds and symbols. Language and communication are inseparable. This is because language is the principal means for communication. A good mastery of language makes communication easy. Language could be non-verbal or verbal, oral or written, and must convey exactly what the speaker or writer has in mind to transmit to the listener or reader for communication to take place.
Language – the divine benevolence to man – is so inexorably tied to the effective existence of man in society that any meaningful discussion of man must begin with it. It steers the course of the discussion, and ends the discussion. The end and purpose of language is to enhance communication. So, human existence and development depend largely on the existence and development of language for communication. Language is important because through it man is able to express content (and meaning). Language enables man to have self-expression, that is, to express what he means. Human perception and conception are conveyed through language in the form of a message, and then the message is transformed into meaning. The end and purpose of language is to enhance communication with which quality leadership is ensured.
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