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7 Questions on Leadership with Lazarous Chansa

Name: Lazarous Chansa

Title: School Head teacher

Organisation: Ministry of Education -Zambia

Started as a primary school teacher,rose to senior teacher, deputy head then head teacher.I'm also secretary for teachers in the district

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Jonno White

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

Managing organizational behavior

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

We were sent five of us as new employees at a public school which had only a head teacher and community teachers.Then I was identified and recommended to be the senior teacher after seeing my love for work,commitment and dedication to duty.Then with my same attributes,I was identified and rose to deputy head and head teacher

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

I plan the day by outline all the activities I should do in my diary thereafter I proceed to implementing and finally evaluate them at the end of the day looking at successes, setbacks/challenges and possibly way forward

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

A leader be intelligent emotionally by understanding their emotions, managing them and understanding those of followers before they could be managed.

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?

Spiritual Leadership by Charles Colson.The book has encouraged me to place my talents, capabilities, powers at God's disposal to maximize my potential in leading

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

Effective leadership calls for self sacrifice which should be paid daily.This is an integral part of severnt leadership which puts needs of the served first

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

Patience is what it takes to achieve certain results.

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