The Nest, a company that keeps a close eye on the startup scene, has identified the crucial leadership gap that exists among founders and entrepreneurs, while advocating for leadership excellence training to help them deal with the rapidly changing business landscape.
In the fast-paced and ever-evolving world of business, operational proficiency alone is no longer sufficient to ensure an enterprise’s success. While technical expertise is crucial, true leadership demands a unique set of skills, ones that can navigate through shifting trends and inspire teams to reach new heights.
The mission of The Nest is deeply rooted in providing the support and guidance necessary for these visionaries to not only survive but to thrive in the ever-competitive business landscape.
To this end, The Nest, at a webinar, brought together thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and founders to address this leadership gap and explore solutions in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
President of Stephens Leadership Consultancy LLC, Dr. Emmanuel Toye Sobande, emphasised that leadership is not an inherent trait but a set of skills that can be cultivated through self-awareness and an open mind. He eloquently highlighted the key facets of leadership, including innovation, change management, problem-solving, and the ability to inspire and influence others.
Sobande’s words resonated with one of core objectives – the creation of an enabling ecosystem that equips entrepreneurs and founders with the essential leadership capabilities required to navigate the complexities of the business landscape.
He articulated that success as an entrepreneur extends beyond a deep understanding of one’s field, it requires emotional intelligence, the ability to inspire and guide others, and the capacity to innovate.
In the same vein, the Lagos state manager, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Dr. Kole-Dawodu Olubunmi, averred that SMEDAN plays a vital role in bolstering small and medium-sized businesses in Nigeria, while advocating for support services, access to finance, capacity-building initiatives, and policies that benefit SMEs.
Meanwhile, in recognition of his unwavering dedication and pioneering role in shaping the world of entrepreneurship and leadership, The Nest extended an International Merit Award to Sobande.
The convener of the Webinar and Hlhead of Entrepreneurship at The Nest, Miss Light Ohwoka, highlighted that this accolade celebrates Sobande’s unwavering support for entrepreneurship and leadership, in alignment with The Nest’s vision of entrepreneurship as the engine of economic growth and leadership development.