Lagos State is experiencing exponential growth because of its team of dedicated workers, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has said.
Ambode, who spoke on the topic: “Coaching for Higher Performance”, during an ongoing two-day training programme for the state Public Service, said they have been investing in every public officer by designing and delivering coaching instructions that would increase their knowledge and skills, such that the multiplier effect will be seen by the people.
Represented by the Commissioner for Establishments, Training, and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson, the Governor said the benefits for the state public service in were enormous.
He said, for instance, that it empowered individuals and encouraged them to take responsibility, increase employee and staff engagement; improved individual performance and, therefore, organisational performance and helped to identify and develop high potential employees.
He added that it also helped identify both organisational and individual strengths and development opportunities, motivate and empower individuals to excel while it demonstrated organisational commitment to human resource development.
Ambode said: “The ultimate goal for all organisations is to attain optimal state of performance and effectiveness where its units and teams and departments are headed by persons who understand what leadership means and who have developed their leadership potentials and have enhanced their performance skills. It is only at such a point in time that organisations can experience exponential growth.
He, however, said no matter how often or how seriously one discusses the importance of leadership skills for every officer of the Lagos State Public Service, the efforts would be meaningless and would amount to undertaking a journey without a map, unless and until a clear path to acquiring the critical leadership skills is created and adopted.
According to him, the creation and adoption of such a path is the purpose of the training workshop. “As I have indicated at several other fora, once the state public service is able to attain that optimal state of effectiveness and productivity through proper coaching, no problem will be too complicated, no task too herculean, no challenge too huge for it to confront head-on,” he said.
The governor noted that indeed, this was part of his vision for state public service: that the state government would invest in every public officer by designing and delivering coaching instructions that would increase the knowledge and skills of every officer such that the multiplier effect on the public service would be dynamism, responsiveness and effectiveness.
Indeed, it is clear by the public statements and actions of the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration that in envisioning a civil service peopled by leaders, the administration was mindful that leadership is not about a title or a designation. Rather, it’s about impact, influence and inspiration.
The purpose of the training, therefore, was to begin the monumental task of helping every officer of the state public service become impactful, influential and productive to such degrees that the output of the civil service will inspire our citizens.
The Commisioner stated that what the administration wanted to achieve was a state public service where every officer is able and empowered to set a clear vision regarding his or her duties and effectively communicate it to colleagues, providing them with a clear understanding of the desired direction. The officer is also able to provide stability, inspiration, courage and direction during the times of crisis and when dealing with relationships between co-workers, amongst others.