Name: Shedrack Ekpegbue
Title: Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: Sofe Group
Shedrack Ekpegbue is a passionate human developer with over 7 years of volunteer and personal experience in human capital development in digital skills development, entrepreneurship and leadership. He has over 4 years of experience in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency. He is the founder and CEO of Sofe Group, a digital education platform on a mission to build future tech manpower Africa through digital skill education. He has trained over 5,000 people in crypto education. He is also a partner and ambassador of CoinW Exchange.
Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!
I hope Shedrack's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
One notable challenge is the patience and creating the time to understand your followers individually in order to be able to assist them in there journey of becoming the bet version of themselves.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
In this context I will refer to leadership as a delegated responsibility to lead. As far back as i can remember i have being saddled with leadership responsibilty right from my primary schools days where i was the assistant head prefect and later the head prefect.
Becoming a leader can t me natural because i always wanted to create a positive change and for my voice to be heard, because I was always outspoken there was never a moment in my life I was not in leadership.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
My work days usually starts with my personal prayers and devotion entrusting my day to God to grant me the grace to achieve all my goals that i have set a night before or will set that morrning just in case I wasn't able to do that a night before.
Next is to respond to my emails or messages just incase I need to respond to anything urgent, delegate and ignore the ones that are nt urgent.
Next is to enter into my daily plans and take them base on priority.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
When investing in people don't have too much expectations from them, believe that God will always find a way to give you the measure of the good you have invested in the world and don't take responsibility for people's personal development allow them to mature to the point of being responsible.
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?
Attitude is Everything
As leaders we are constantly faced with critical circumstances and difficult choices which have impact on a lot of people. Our attitude in facing these circumstances determines the speed at which we can come up with reasonable solutions.
After reading this book, I developed a philosophy that no circumstances is fatal, there is als a way to manage everything no matter the magnitude. This attitude has empowered my to focus on developing solutions instead of the detrimental impact of the situation
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Sincerely desire the good of the people you live, let it reflect in your attitude, words, disposition and actions.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
I remember when i was gathering my first team to join my in the achievement of my vision. All i have was my passion and vision. The three people i reached out to believe in the vision and today i am happy that i invested in them and they are leading the lives they desire.