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7 Questions on Leadership with David Nanor

Name: David Nanor

Title: Assistant Professor

Organisation: Parul University, India

David Nanor is a retired naval officer of the Ghana Navy, a senior dynamic positioning operator in the Merchant Navy, and a human resource management practitioner with over 25 years of experience in various roles in education, maritime, military, and offshore industries. He is the Lead Consultant of Keniking Consultancy Services and is presently a visiting assistant professor and Mandela-Ghandi Fellow at Parul University, Vadodara, India. He holds a Master of Arts in Organisation Development from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in Human Resource Management from the Paris Graduate School of Management, Paris, France. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Ghana and the Regional Maritime University.

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

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


Jonno White

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

The challenge is to be inspired to lead yourself so you can lead others

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

The day I made the decision to become a commissioned officer in the Ghana Navy.

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

I prefer a relaxed schedule, but I always make sure to keep up with my appointments for the day and any unexpected ones that may arise.

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

Having the courage to take risks and collaborate with others is key to successfully executing tasks. It's important to bring your own experience to the table as a resource for the team.

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?

Why Not the Best-Jimmy Carter

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

Have the courage to pursue your dreams and don't yield to the opinions of others.

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

Learning from all the failures of life and trusting the process and the journey of becoming a leader one day at a time

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