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7 Questions on Leadership with John-Jay J Asemota

Name: John-Jay J Asemota

Title: HMS

Organisation: PGR

With over 12 years of marketing and sales experience with all-around knowledge application of copywriting, advertising, and brand management. I consider myself the last bus stop of Marketing and Sales.

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

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


Jonno White

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

Changing a pre-set paradigm or mindset belief system in a team

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

Being the first child of my parents I was thrust into making decisions early in life and with my peers who often looked up to me for advice most especially as I read more books than any of my peers while growing up.

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

Work days for me start from 3 am with a short prayer to my Creator God I read and write for 1 hour. I shower have breakfast off to work. I meditate for 5 minutes and turn on my messages reply and I address my team by 8.30 am thrash out any emergencies by 9.30 am and go through my presentations if any. I attend meetings and sessions most times and I close by 5 pm. I get home by 6.45 pm shower and play with the kids eat dinner at 7 pm chat with family and watch some old cartoons with my kids till 9 pm family prayer time we go to bed by 9.45 pm. I often retire with a book and sleep with the book.

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

Time is short always show strength of empathy

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 Bible. The book of Daniel shows there's always the need to study plan and act with faith and insight.

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

Be eager to learn, listen more, and talk less. Always add value

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

I was attacked by bandits some years ago and I almost lost my life, the thought of my son being fatherless hurt me beyond words and I asked myself what leadership lesson and legacy was I going to give my child if I survived and thankfully I did.

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