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7 Questions on Leadership with Desta

Name: Desta

Title: Mr.

Organisation: The Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum/Forum, and Oromo Federalist Congress

I was born on April 29, 1773. I graduated from Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Law School with LLB. I served as Public Prosecutor in Oromia Regional State for about two years. I also served as an attorney, and Foreclosure and debt recovery division head for about thirteen years. In 2014, I was elected as Oromo Federalist Congress Youth league leader.

Besides, I was elected to lead the Youth wing of the Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum/Forum. In 2018, I was elected as Secretary of The Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum/Forum. Currently I am serving as Secretary of The Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum, chairman of the Legal standing committee of the Ethiopian Political Parties Joint Council, and the Secretary of the Audit and Inspection Committee of The Oromo Federalist Congress.

I am married and having four children out of whom two are attending University education. In reaching here, I have oassed through difficulties abd hardships including politically motivated imprisonment.

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


Jonno White

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

Dealing with human being behavior.

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

Through election.

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

Based on priority order.

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

Leadership traits are a good personality of ethical leadership.

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?

Servant Leadership Developments in Theory and Research. The message 'Leaders are there to serve followers and others' touch me more.

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

Be honest, transparent, empathetic, responsible abd accountable!

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

Accommodating and entertaining people of different interest is absurd, but interesting.

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