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7 Questions on Leadership with Omosalewa Grace Osinfowokan

Name: Omosalewa Grace Osinfowokan

Title: Program Specialist

Organisation: Molara Foundation

I am an Accredited Program Manager with experience spanning non-profit NGO, pharmaceutical, public, and private health sectors.

Track record of achievements and expertise in Projects, Partnership, Policy, Research(Quan & Qual), Organization Process Management, and MEAL.

Experience in orchestrating activities with Non-Governmental Organizations, and International Agencies on programs geared towards United Nations SDGs areas such as Health, SRHR, Education, Gender equality, Youth Empowerment, and Community and Social development initiatives.

Provide Technical Support to 7 Non-Governmental Organization areas of strategic planning, Grant writing, Training and Development, and Organization Management.

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

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


Jonno White

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

Conflict resolution and decision-making

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

When I was in 100l, I was part of a small group in my school fellowship. At some point in time, we needed to expand members and engagement with our members and hence there was a need for someone to pioneer a new cell group within that locality. I was chosen. For me, I think I was consistent and available to work or serve. That was how the journey of leadership started and is still on, spanning through my professional career.

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

I think one of the things that has helped me, is planning.

I have a to-do list/ Schedule list for my day.

I plan for contingencies.

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

For me, I don't think lessons learned from the first time will be appropriate. I think the thing that we should be more cautious about for me is 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?

MC Maxwell, 360 degrees, gave a spotlight on the influence of people across different levels. As a young cell leader, the majority of my members were older than I was, ability to navigate their expectations and foster effective engagement was one of the key game changers that helped the cell to grow from 4 to 14 members within a few months.

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

Mostly this part is kind of hard for me. Being a leader is not a finished product, but a product undergoing the process. I think youth leaders need empathy and patience. Leading and dealing with people is a lot of work to deal with.

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

Hmmm, what resonates with me is the impact that one's leadership has made in the lives of the people.

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