Name: Joseph Olasoji
Oranisation: Trip Value/Edupass Academy and Tech Hub
I'm a passionate innovator and leader who love to learn, create and teach young ones the paths of patience, perseverance and prosperity through my skillsets, experiences and knowledge base.
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!
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
People Management and Bootstrapping a business idea.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
My leadership stated the moment I discovered who I was but it took a lot of years to be able to really channel it in the right path. My desperation for money made me go wrong direction that I frontier. Meanwhile, I use to follow my grandma to shop and sometimes help her manage the shop anytime she wasn't around. I will setup the market and sell to customers. I can say, I've become a manager of my grandma's shop at age 7. It's amazing. When I discovered I have a lot of ideas and the passion to transform the World technologically, I started writing and drawing down my visions. I still have the map I drew on the wall of the room i lived when I was still living in my parent's house. Transforming the world technology at every sector was the dream and my songs. Gradually, I was given a position in the Youth Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria of district in my home town. Later, I have the opportunity to work in an international school where I led and mentor over 350 students for close to 2 years. When I gained admission into the university, I was privileged to work in a Cambridge A'level School and I was able to lead and guide different students for 3 years. Now I'm I have understood the dynamics of interacting with every level of human beings which give me an edge to effectively manage the team in my company and any other leader responsibilities like the one I recently got from African Young Entrepreneurs Assembly to lead the CAIRO TRIBE. I have come to realise that I was called into leadership by God. Thank you.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
1. Do my devotion
2. Tidy up
3. Attend to pending tasks.
4. Attending series of meetings at speculated times.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
Building the right 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?
Talent is not Enough by John Maxwell. The book have really propelled me to always go the extra mile to get problems solved.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Young leaders should believe in their ideas and patience gained the right knowledge to pursue them. Moreso, they should ignite the ideas by taking a step because things moves when we move.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
I remembered the time I started my company Trip Value, it wasn't easy. I have no money to initiate my idea. I told a bold step to look for people to collaborate with but eventually I fell into a wrong hand. It really experienced alot before I can able to meet the right team and ever since we have been together now for close to 2 years. It's amazing to have the right team who shares your visions and missions.