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7 Questions on Leadership with Adeshina AKorede

Name: Adeshina AKorede

Title: Founder

Organisation: Rest Realty

An advocate of impactful living.

Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!

I hope Adeshina's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Jonno White

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

One of the major things i have found so challenging for me is not about leading a team or managing others. It is about leading or guiding a change

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

But who is this Guy? 😀😅

My names are Adeshina Akorede Stephen. A Nigerian Faith and Kingdom Entrepreneur, based in the United Arab Emirate. Started my entrepreneurial journey at age 10. Yes, you read it right. I was 10 when my mum became a single mother, moved into a new state, and started a new life.

Earlier before then my mum who happened to be my first business coach, have only been teaching me theory of business. But during that season of our lives, I started the practicals. Hawking was my first career😁

I hawked things you could imagine. from kerosene, to snacks, to food, to fruits to wears, to garri(there was this day I was hawking and rain fell.. sure you can guess the outcome)😁

In a nutshell. From then till date, I've had my share of pains, sufferings, failures upon failures. But in the process, I saw growth! Yes I grew, In Faith, knowledge, experience, wisdom and stature. I'm still growing anyway. I'm currently building @KwisHoldings. A diversified group of companies with the mission to enable and enrich lives in Africa and beyond.

I've also co-founded several companies. And to mention but few, Chrestovest.NG Rest.NG @Wearefarmingly @Farmvest among others.. One of very few things that gives me joy, is making the people around me happy. I mean putting smiles on their faces... So, I enjoy living as an advocate of impactful living committed to LIFTING ENDS and ACTIVATING PEOPLE as a LOVER OF GOD resulting in PUTTING QUALITY SMILES ON PEOPLE'S FACES.

And this will I commit myself to more and more forever. So, from my brief story, I'm sure you can tell. But it is all from a decision to take responsibility for my life, what becomes of me, and the legacy I want to pass on. I started by leading myself.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

1. I start my day with God as a person of faith

2. Meditate on my ideas and brood on it. Also, it leaves me with ideas to implement to make it better.

3. I then determine about three to four High-Priority Tasks For The Day. One of it for my personal growth, another for my businesses, another for my community.

4. Speak with my key players about the plans for the day

5. Visit our offices to see about the ongoing activities

6. Flex and enjoy a bit of lunch break with my people to ease off.

7. Enjoy and maximize my daily productive intervals

8. Evaluate my day

9. Engage God in prayer

10. REST

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

Act 1:1 includes the phrase “all that Jesus began to do and teach.” It is no mistake the phrase is put this way — that is, do before teach. The Lord Jesus did not teach things he himself was not willing to do.

So, my leadership principle has been based on that scripture. Leading by example

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

What successful people know about leadership by John X Maxwell.

I personally feel it is a book every leader needs to have. Not just for a one-time read, but also for consistent check-ups on ourselves throughout out our leadership journey.

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

Be You! Do you!! Focus first on yourself, go for your dreams, build yourself up, and get the results. Make yourself and your life a book to read.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

It was the day I was called out back then on campus as a fellowship executive! I had to lead people even way ahead of me in all. Couldn't tell if its to laugh or cry. But the journey began my leadership role to others.

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