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7 Questions on Leadership with Sylvester Okungbowa

Name: Sylvester Okungbowa

Title: Founder

Organisation: Chopwell and Ledga

I am a multi-talented entrepreneur and legal expert with a passion for innovation and technology.

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

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


Jonno White

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

Building and maintaining a strong team has to be what I have found most challenging

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

My decision to be a leader started as a year one student in the university (University of Benin) Nigeria. My passion for creating a better future through sustainable practices and ethical business models, led me into being a student politician which shaped me.

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

Reflect on the day's accomplishments, lessons learned, and what needs attention tomorrow. This has been my routine for a while

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

Stay true to your values and vision even in the face of adversity. Leaders should stay grounded in their principles and purpose, especially during times of change or uncertainty.

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?

One book that could be considered a great read for leaders is "The Second Mountain" by David Brooks.

In "The Second Mountain," Brooks argues that the first mountain in life is about achieving individual success and fulfilling one's ambitions, but that there is also a second mountain that involves finding a sense of purpose and contributing to something larger than oneself. He emphasizes the importance of cultivating character, humility, and a sense of service in order to climb this second mountain.

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

Never give up… keep striving someday your efforts would be rewarded with success

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

A lot I can’t really single one out

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