When reformers are properly trained and deployed in their spheres of influence, they should have adequate knowledge and some influence to enable them to address the issues in their spheres. Note these critical attributes:
1. Ability to Network with Other Reformers in the Marketplace
One of the most important things that reformers must do after deployment is to network themselves into a strong group. Obviously working in a network is better than working alone especially, in the light of the fact that there will be negative reactions to the changes the reformers would want to bring to the society. One of the ways they can organize themselves is to form for profit and non-profit organizations. Such organizations must be properly structured with board, executive team, and with proper financial and management accountability systems.
2. The Power of the Few!
The second thing worth mentioning about reformers that would be effective in the marketplace, is that they do not have to be many. The late Margret Mead, a professor of cultural anthropology once said:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
Only a few thoughtful and committed people impact and change their society. Thoughtfulness refers to their ability to develop and execute their vision while commitment speaks to their passion, determination, and courage. The aspect of a few is so important for the team to know so that they do not become discouraged when many become inactive and fizzle out of the network. The few remaining can continue the process.
3. Looking for the Proper Reward
The labour of reformation is sacrificial. To succeed in their places of deployment, reformers must define and know in their hearts *the source of their reward for their sacrificial labour.* All kinds of rewards will be presented to them through competing interests. These include such enticements as money, sex, offers of positions of influence, properties, cars, etc. The holier-than-thou syndrome that good people suffer while evil people prosper will set in. Unless one properly understands the source of reward for good works, discouragement can set in and compromises will follow. Many great potential change agents have been compromised and destroyed for lack of proper preparation to handle such temptations. We must realize that it is better to suffer for the sake of what is right than to seek the pleasures, positions, and wealth that is associated with corruption. We must be ready to sacrifice all and suffer for the sake of the truth. We can only do this if we believe that there will be a great reward from God that surpasses all the rewards that men could ever give us. We must reject manly rewards for godly rewards if we are to endure the enticing inducements from men and women intended to divert and dilute our transformative efforts. Many great men and women have been ruined by these temptations.
4. Facing Persecution in the Marketplace
Another issue that reformers will face is persecution, especially when they refuse to be compromised. They should be encouraged by the examples of great people such as Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., etc. These great individuals showed by their life examples that threats of death did not move them away from their set goals to finish their reformation agenda. Mahatma Gandhi once said: _“Suffering cheerfully endued ceases to be suffering but becomes transmitted into an ineffable joy.”_
5. Must Be Willing to Lay Our Lives Down as Seeds
Finally, when reformers are deployed as seeds, they must die into the soils they are sown, lose their personal and physical identity (not their spiritual), and immerse themselves in the affairs of the organization they intend to reform. In other words, they must first get themselves acquainted with the workings of that environment. Mentally a reformer should be as alert and perceptive as a serpent targeting a prey. The serpent looks naïve, sometimes motionless. The second positioning is physical. They are to take a position of humility and docility while being extremely observant and discerning.
6. Reformers must be as Bold as a Lion
The Spirit/attitude of leadership is lion-likeness, but the posture of leadership is sheep-likeness. Alexander the Great once said: _I would rather be afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion than an army of lions led by a sheep._
Lions are the kings of the jungle, yet the Lion is not
…the tallest animal in the jungle…
…the strongest animal…
…the biggest animal…
…the fastest animal…
…the most powerful animal…
…the most intelligent animal…
Yet it is the king-leader of the animal kingdom!
- Though the lion is many times smaller than the elephant, it still sees the elephant as a potential LUNCH!
- Quality leadership views challenges as LUNCH!
- Leadership attitude is determined by INNER BELIEF SYSTEM and not by EYES of OUTWARD CIRCUMSTANCES!
- Quality leadership is driven from within (CONVICTIONS) not without (CONVENTIONS)!
Proverbs: For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
- What is on the desktop is determined by what is running in the memory- ROM / RAM which is processed by the Central Processing Unit (CPU).
In this season, reformers must arise and invade the mountains of the Nigerian society to teach our people to beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks so that the glory of God shall be revealed in our nation.
So, let Reformers Arise from the Mountain of Governance. Let Reformers Arise from the mighty Mountain of Business and Economy. Let Reformers Arise from the heightening Mountain of Education. Let Reformers Arise from the life-giving Mountain of Family and Social Sphere. Let Reformers Arise from the curvaceous slopes of Religion. But not only that: Let Reformers Arise from the Mountain of Celebration & Entertainment. Let Reformers Arise from the Mountain of Media and Communication. From every mountain of society, let Reformers Arise.
And when we the Reformers Arise, when we let freedom ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all Nigeria’s children, Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Fulani, Ijaw, Ibibio, Edo, Kanuri, and from all the tribes in Nigeria, whether Christians or Muslims, will be able to join hands and sing with meaning and passion, the words of our National Anthem:
Arise oh Compatriots, Nigeria’s call Obey
To Serve Our Fatherland, with love and Strength and Faith
The Labours of our heroes past shall never be in vain
To serve with heart and might, one nation bound in freedom, peace and unity.
(Excerpt from Prof’s keynote speech at the Reformers Arise – June 1, 2019.)