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Effective Feedback for Understanding Emerging Leaders from Nigerian Tertiary Institutions
Adachukwu Pauline Ikeyi, Ph.D

Leadership commitment is essential to the survival and progress of every country, especially the underdeveloped countries, including Nigeria. Incidentally Nigeria is one of the most populated countries in the world with a fast developing economy after China and India. However there appears to be a virtual vacuum of real, effective and visionary leadership in place. Therefore there is need for the country to make a generational shift and look towards its emerging leaders from the tertiary institutions of higher learning. Without this all important shift there can never be social, political and leadership changes. There will forever be that constant struggle for survival. This work will therefore expose teachers and mentors to feedback mechanism for understanding emerging leaders. The emerging leaders will understand what is expected of them and the most effective ways to achieve good leadership. Finally the next generation of creative and morally responsible leaders will be inspired and committed to the good of Nigeria.

Emerging leaders, Nigeria, tertiary institutions, feedback


Leadership has been described as a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task (Chemers, 1997).A leader may be classified as a person, an individual, a specialist or professional, who influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal (Clark, 2010).However, leadership may also be classified as a form of followership. The followers are actually leaders because they monitor affairs of the society. The followers also determine the success of a leader, especially when the followers do not trust or lack confidence in their leadership (Read, 1996).

Leadership is one of the biggest challenges in Nigeria since Independence. The late Chinua Achebe, one of Nigeria’s prominent and legendary writers in one of his books pointed out that the problem with Nigeria is leadership (Achebe, 1983). Nigeria being a nation of many ethnic and religious groups, leadership in such a society is an enormous task (Dike, 2008).

On the other hand, education is the bedrock of every society and a tool for development and nation building. The development of a nation is engendered by the effectiveness of its tertiary institutions. The students in the tertiary institutions receive training on the arts and elements of leadership-vision, inspiration, stimulation, coaching, teambuilding and teamwork (Olwookere and Elegbaleye, 2012).


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