Name: Otis W. Blamoo
Title: Administrative Manager
Organisation: Liberia Institute for Environmental Stability (LIfES).
I'm Otis W. Blamoo, I was born in Wea New Town District#5 Nimba County Liberia.
I Presently live in Monrovia, Liberia🇱🇷
I'm 30 years of age, I obtained a BSc degree in General Forestry from the University of Liberia(UL)
I also obtain an advanced Diploma in General Forestry from the Forestry Training Institute (FTI) in Tubmanburg Bomi County, Liberia.
Presently Contractor Supervisor at the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Liberia.
Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!
I hope Otis's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
In my leadership, one of the most challenging things is that no matter how you do your best as a leader people will always have problems with you. This means that you as a leader will not satisfy everyone, so just do what you think will be in the interest of 95% of those that you are leading, which is challenging, but with commitment, patience, passion, and dedication you can achieve.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
Before becoming a leader in my organization I was one of the least person. But based on my performance, passion, patience, and dedication to my job in the organization, I was first selected as team lead for the first project my organization undertook called Know Your Forest.
Based on my performance, passion, patience, and dedication as a team lead, I was elevated to Administrative Manager for the organization.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I wake in the morning by 6:00 am, I develop work schedules, and assign specific roles and responsibilities to my staff, it equips me with oversight, and control over my team in achieving our daily, weekly, and monthly targets.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
Betrayal and gossip
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?
Book title: Reality of life, I have forgotten the author of this book.
This book(Reality of Life) inspired me a lot when it comes to my leadership and life challenges.
The book touched me about patience in life, integrity, passion, dedication, honesty, how to respond to issues as a leader, putting yourself in the shoes of others when it comes to life journey in your leadership and many more.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Be passionate, Patient, humble, obedient, listen to advice, and make use of the importance once, don't pick and choose as a leader. Consider everybody based on what they can do as a person.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
It could be you too.