By Otto-Obong Clement
Members of Partners for Peace (P4P) Cross River State, have just concluded a two day capacity training on Strategic Planning, Leadership Style and Communication and the Concept of Entrepreneurship.
During the training, facilitators defined leadership as the capacity to influence, inspire, rally, direct, encourage, motivate, induce, move, mobilize, and activate others to pursue a common goal or purpose while maintaining commitment, momentum, confidence and courage.
They identified the conceptual, technical and social dimensions as three vital skills and competences of a leader as well as character, charisma, commitment, effective communication, competence, courage, discernment, focus, generosity, creativity, listening, passion, positive attitude, problem solving, relationship, responsibility, security, self discipline, servanthood, teaching ability and vision.
An Entrepreneur was defined simply as a business venture created from scratch by an individual or group. “Entrepreneurs don’t buy business opportunities, they create them; and the entrepreneur is an inventor.” They argued.
Participants were tutored on the basic key to business/entrepreneurial success which include: Finding a product or service that people need, aggressively marketing and selling the product or service and learning how to manage, administer and account for income and expenses.
Furthermore, the facilitators went on to list seven secrets of entrepreneurial success which are creativity, Courage, Concentration, Continuous Action, Clarity, Competence, Constraints, while the concept of strategic planning, was defined as a disciplined effort that produces fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, who it serves, what it does, and why it does it, with a focus on the future.
Participants were admonished to develop an entrepreneurial mind set if they must succeed in their endeavors.
Some of the participants who spoke with our reporter expressed gratitude to the organizers for providing them the opportunity to increase their knowledge of leadership and business and said they were looking forward to more of such trainings.
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