Forbes Article Names Okonjo-Iweala ‘Unsung Hero’ of 2014

The Chairman of Global Business Policy Council of A.T Kearney, a  top global management consulting firm, Mr. Paul Laudicina, has named the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance,  Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, number one on his list of five “Unsung Leaders of 2014”  based on a survey.

Writing in Forbes magazine, Laudicina said the minister and four other  distinguished leaders stood out for demonstrating “capability, reliability and authenticity” in the discharge  of their duties at different levels.

Okonjo-Iweala, the first  woman finance minister of Nigeria, the world’s seventh largest country, was lauded for fighting endemic corruption and helping to refurbish Nigeria’s image and economic prospects.

The management expert stated that while there is a tendency to focus on the negative and on leaders who fail to live up to expectation, “maybe we have not looked long or hard enough to find the real leaders right under our gaze.”

He stated that “We all know intuitively that none of our institutions would be working at all if there weren’t committed, capable, reliable and authentic leaders delivering on their promises day in and out, and adding value to the lives of the people they serve. “We also know the  difference a respected leader can make in inspiring broader support for noble  humanitarian, peacekeeping, or governmental missions.”

The others on list are: Pope Francis’ right-hand man and Vatican Secretary  of State, Pietro Parolin, Indian-born engineer, Arati Prabhakar, who is the Director of the US Department of Defence’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),  the brother of Jordan’s King, Prince Feisal Al Hussein, Prince Feisal, and former  President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon.

Source: ThisDay Online

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