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7 Questions on Leadership with Dampak Caleb

Name: Dampak Caleb

Title: Rev. Dr

Organisation: Theological Seminary

Hail from plateau state Nigeria, West Africa. Married with four children and siblings. A leader developer, mentoring and coaching young leaders.

Have an HND in Business admin and mgt. A PGDE, A BA. In theology, A Master in theological studies. A PhD in Theological studies with emphasis on biblical theology. Currently serving as provost in TSNN, SAMINAKA and a pioneering Rector of Helper's college and seminary jalingo, Taraba State in Nigeria.

I have published three books, BIBLICAL THEOLOGY an introduction, WIND OF HOPE AND HANYAR TAUHIDI A AFRICA. That is, Africa theological trend. Seminar papers are: the role of Theological education in missio - Dei.

Restructuring theological education to correct the societal malady

Understanding youth developmental psychology. The role of Theological education in the democratic process of a nation.

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

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


Jonno White

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

As a leader, what is most challenging is the issue of people's competency and loyalty in discharging responsibility.

There is equally the lack of understanding of the teaching skills.

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

Well, I'm a trained business administrator who has served both in the public and private sector.

For the current assignment, I was appointed by the national leadership of the movement to lead the seminary. Of course it came at the foot of the former president or provost resigned his appointment as the leader

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

I write out the things that I desire to do for the day. Immediately I come into the office and after my personal prayers, before going to lecture, I pen down things I will have to accomplish before the end of the day.

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

The need to design my activity using the four Dynamics.

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?

One book that has impacted on my leadership is servant leadership by Greenleaf. He brought to my mind the need to serve the people I'm leading rather than bossing over them. The leader is to be a servant of the organization and that shaped my perspective on leadership whether secular or religious. It has had do much impact on me such that I see myself involved in doing assignment rather than just watching others do the work

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

Lead with your life

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

I remember when one fellow was looking for the New leader of the institution, for he was aware of the change that had taken place. As we sat with him, he first of all ask if I was the maintenance officer and I replied him, yes Sir. Then he said, he longed to see the New Provost, and I asked, I hope there is no problem, he said yes, there is no problem. Then I said to him, you are talking with him. He said, what? He expected someone who would look very serious and corporate, I told him, leadership is not being sophisticated or complex but I having influence and giving direction to the people towards the corporate goal of the organization

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