Name: ABRAHAM OMOJOWO JOB
Title: Team Lead
Organisation: ProU Education
Am Abraham Omojowo Job by name a dedicated and certified educator with a passion for fostering learning and development. My credentials include being a licensed health educator and leveraging my expertise to empower individuals to make informed health decisions. As the co-founder of Elpis Foundation Initiatives, an NGO dedicated to empowering undergraduate students and fresh graduates, I focus on equipping them with essential skills and practical experiences crucial for future employability.
Within Elpis Foundation Initiatives, Abraham spearheads initiatives aimed at ensuring that undergraduate students and fresh graduates gain pertinent real-world experiences and skills while pursuing their studies. My vision is to bridge the gap between academia and the professional world, enabling students and fresh graduates to seamlessly transition into the workforce upon graduation.
As a staff of ProU Education, I have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills by guiding a team of young individuals. Together, they assisted students in navigating the educational path toward opportunities in Europe and other countries. My commitment to education, coupled with my leadership abilities, reflects my dedication to empowering young minds and paving the way for their success.
Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!
I hope Abraham's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
Well, one of the things I have found most challenging as a leader is addressing conflicts or differences of opinion within a team while maintaining harmony and fostering a positive work environment can be a significant challenge for leaders. It's often energy-draining if not well looked into with wisdom.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
My leadership experience picked up from my childhood at age 6 when my siblings requested, that I take care of their kids (my niece and nephew) while they were away for work. I transitioned into being a class captain while in my primary education and this has helped me to be a much more focused individual because I enjoyed the leadership role of telling others to do the right thing.
One good thing about all my experiences over the years is that I couldn't hide the leadership gift in me because I get noticed easily anywhere, I get to easily lead a team or take over a leadership responsibility.
With the way I have been proactive and doing things teenager will walk up to me I want you to be my mentor all this foster my decision to develop my leadership skills and the birthing forth of Elpis Foundation Initiatives and NGO that helps young folks to unveil their hidden potential.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Work days could be very hectic if not well managed as an international student advisor because I have students and parents from all works of life to attend to. I wake up 3am daily do my daily routine and set out for work according to my daily tasks I also need to look after myself and my team's productivity at the office, family, and personal development as I don't allow my time in transit to the office to be a waste, I try to take a professional certification course to upskill myself.
I tried as much to create a balance between work and sleep for the benefit of my health and productivity and every other routine I have for the day.
On my weekends I get enough sleep without waking up by 3am work on personal stuff before setting out for training and meeting in the afternoon.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
The one I was reminded of recently is to focus on your assigned duties and be so productive that no one else that play the said role than you.
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?
The one book that has had a profound impact on my life and still impacting me to date is a book by the late Dr. Myles Munroe titled "Spirit of Leadership.
It's a piece I had to get book the hard copy and e-copy to have it handy with me. I realize via this book leadership is a spirit that can be cultivated and built upon. The book indeed makes me realize in every follower there's a spirit of a leader. It was a book that helped me to cultivate the leadership attributes that influence human actions in my leadership development.
I also learned via the book as a leader I am first a servant before becoming a leader. So, the servanthood in me makes me treat even one within my spheres evenly without partiality. This piece also makes me realize wealth or what I have acquired is not what makes me a leader instead it's the lives I live without hypocrisy to affect my world for the betterment of all within my reach.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
One piece of advice I will give will be two-in-one advice which is to watch out for pride in your leadership activities as it gives and makes a leader full of himself. The next I will say is don't wait for the opportunity to come before preparing for it, prepare yourself for it before it comes so when it arrives you can grab it with your two hands. Lastly, try to pick up the book, I spoke about earlier and read it will go a long way in your leadership endeavors.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
It was when I was made my association fellowship president of the Health Educators Christian Fellowship in my 200-level at the university, that it was the least assignment or leadership role am expected as I believe leaders in the 300-level and 400-level can handle that role respectively. Another scenario was when I was nominated as the 2nd person to represent a faculty of over ten thousand students as a commissioner for coordinating the university student union election.
The last I will say is how we help young minds to unveil their hidden potential and the pathways of gaining relevant working experience and skills as an undergraduate this act gives me and my team at Elpis Foundation Initiatives joy for doing more with the least impact, we have seen so far despite how sluggish we're at the moment, we believe we can do and achieve more.