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7 Questions on Leadership with Joseph Ashipa


Name: Joseph Ashipa


Title: Mr


Oranisation: Redeemer's University International Model United Nations


Mr Ashipa is a seasoned writer, poet and creative Ui/Ux designer. An ambivert who loves providing solution oriented services to social media content related pages to validate a seamless customer experience. Ashipa has volunteered as a Sports Presenter at the Redeemer’s 103.5 Fm during his undergraduate days, also served under the Paramilitary organisation, The RUN BRIGADE. A three time MODEL UNITED NATIONS attendee, Ashipa served in 2022 as the Assistant Under-Secretary General of PR and Communications during the second edition of the Redeemer’s University International Model United Nations.


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


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


Cheers,

Jonno White



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


I have found most challenging as a leader taking the next open opportunity to leverage and build on my skill set related to my interests and prospective career development while concurrently staying in the loop of serving as a leader.

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


Everyone is a leader truly, once you make up your mind to serve, you lead seamlessly. At the Radio Station at the time, I served not less than two years as a Co-host on the "Sports On" programme via The Redeemer’s 103.5fm. I simultaneously worked as a student, creating type to assist in any capacity at the Radio Station and in my penultimate year, I was appointed to host the programme.

Ui/Ux via Wordpress was self-leant during my undergraduate years and worked on up until now, I have created model websites such as www.feminihomesestate.wordpress.com, a Real Estate model we, www.jupiterfirearms.wordpress.com, a model firearms website etc. I have worked to use my skills especially during the RUIMUN'22 edition where I worked as the AUSG, PR and Communications.


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


There is always a general outline of expected activities for the week ranging from workout goals, research on personal interests such as Military, Sciences, Football, International politics and Social and Humanitarian crisis, History etc.

I work and play as "Jack" does, setting sight of my night time routine of a broken number of hours of sleep, 4 hours at night, partitioned hours during the day.

Work days are weekdays for me, weekends are rest days for me.


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


Trusting in teamwork really. A leader is a good follower, and a good follower one day becomes a great leader.

Eventually, teamwork makes the dreamwork.


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?


Gifted Hands by Dr Benjamin Carson.

My first ever read and completed book, the virtues of discipline, determination and unhindered circumstances made the author climb on a fueled dream of working his life up the hill. Prayers, family even in the midst of the storm works perfectly.


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


Dream a little dream and like Mahatma Gandhi once said: "Be the change you wish to see in the world ".


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


The time when I felt I let myself down, switching up courses from Sciences to Arts when I once had a dream to become a Pilot. I realized I could always be the Pilot of my dreams wherever field I found myself, I picked up better and did better as an Arts student amd figured I let no one down, I motivated people to take similar drastic switches which was unhindered by fear of working things out.

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