Former Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Andy Osei Okrah, has reminded leaders at all levels, to show genuine concern for the development and general good of the people they are leading.
They should be creative, visionary, courageous, and accept to go the extra mile to tackle their felt needs.
That, he added, was how to sustain their trust and to carry the people along with them.
Mr. Okrah was addressing at a day’s leadership development summit organized by Young Professionals and Youth Coalition, an NGO, for young people at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi.
The goal was to provide opportunity for the youth to tap into the experiences and expertise of outstanding leaders, establish networks for support and cooperation within the university.
Mr. Okrah said as “student leaders, church leaders, leaders at work places and homes, you have responsibility to make your mark by leaving behind a lasting legacy”.
He told them that leadership was a collective responsibility – required all to play their roles well to ensure that the nation achieved its development agenda to improve the quality of life of the people.
Professor Steve Amissah, Provost of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources of KNUST, said leaders were required in times of crisis to solve problems, to make a difference.
He pointed out that it was time everybody saw leadership beyond politics and the classrooms. It was something vital for the success of any endeavor.
Prof Christian Agyare, Head of Quality Assurance Planning Unit at KNUST, took the participants through leadership competencies in the areas of learning and reasoning and called for the youth to equip themselves with skills and expertise that would help them to become effective leaders, wherever they might find themselves.