Monday, 23 May, 2022


Leadership Integrity

Leadership integrity – One of the keys to positive and productive success in any organisation is having leaders who act with integrity. Integrity in leaders refers to being honest, trustworthy, and reliable. Leaders with integrity act in accordance with their words and constantly unlock value and transfer it to others along the way, basically practicing what they preach, and owning up to mistakes, as opposed to hiding them, blaming their team, or making excuses.

Leadership integrity also involves adhering to governance policies, appropriately using funds, time and resources, and respecting one’s colleagues and valuing reports.

It is important to remember that a leader’s attitude and behavior reflects not only on their own reputation, but also on the reputation of the organisation, community, and subordinates.

It is very refreshing for us to appreciate that the United States Navy has awarded the Navy and Marine Corp Development Medal to fellow Nigerian Lt. Victor Agunbiade for exemplary display of leadership integrity and reliant accountability while managing its largest overseas cash disbursement office.

It is documented that Lt Agunbiade managed $45m plus excellently while he held that position, reporting, accurately tracking and tracing expenses and expenditure with acute and laudable transparency, that could not be seen as nothing else but amazing.

Victor Agunbiade, a Nigerian who migrated to the United States in 2007, won the most prestigious and meritorious award for exemplar leadership and 100% financial accountability and was celebrated by friends, family and colleagues. The Nigerian received the US Navy awards for judiciously for managing the US Navy’s largest oversea disbursement totalling the sum of N26bn which was released in Africa for Agunbiade to oversee. He also previously won the recruiter of the year award in 2018.

Supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office”.– Dwight D. Eisenhower

Integrity provides several benefits to both leaders and the organisations. For instance, research has linked greater integrity with increased workplace performance. Additionally, leaders like Lt Agunbiade with integrity foster greater trust and satisfaction from their direct admirers, who are more likely to follow suit in view of integrity. It is a fact that employees serving under high integrity leaders demonstrate more positive workplace behaviours, like helping others succeed and fewer negative behaviours complaining and laziness. Moreover, employees who trust their leaders to have integrity are likely to work harder, perform better, and have greater company loyalty among other benefits of integrity

There are many Nigerians like Lt Agunbiade out there we love to celebrate and “this is a typical example of why we push the narrative that we must continue to be part of the conversation to unlock our individual and collective value as Nigerians to steer away from that stigma”, a New Nigerian reporter said. Considering the struggle we all face with our image at home and abroad where we fight to distance ourselves from financial crimes being stereotyped on Nigerians based on corruption and fraud which seems to be our nemesis, this comes as a huge relief as the internet is flooded with photos of Lt Agunbiade showcasing what we already know about hardworking Nigerians with moral values pushing to change that negative narrative. Nigerians know that they can lead with integrity, and many of us apply ourselves positively in alignment with the perceived change to the false narrative labeled on our image. The Nigerians integrity is a subject matter that needs to be addressed by exemplary leadership, and we would like to congratulate Lt Agunbiade for keeping the good flag of unity, peace, and progress flying.

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