Have you ever wondered why you can’t take your eyes off some charismatic Student Leaders while others make saliva oozes from your mouth to the cheek in deep slumber instantly. Please join me in celebrating the current President of the Law Students Society, Obafemi Awolowo University – Mr Adedigba Daniel A.K.A Cortez.Vasiti had an exclusive interview with him and he walks us through miles, miles that oozes pretty blueprints.
Cortez is going to unleash charisma and thoroughness for us today, stocking up our sense of sight and reasoning with how his charismatic journey started and the practical tips that cushions him against charismatic loopholes.
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I am Adedigba Daniel Oluwafemi a.k.a Cortez; a 500l Student of the Faculty of Law at the Undergraduate wing of the Prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University. I hail from Oyo State, Nigeria.
How would your best friend describe you?
In reality, I would be described by anyone in forms from which I’m perceived .Consequently, the description that proceeds from my best friend would be in the best perception.
How did you feel when you were elected as OAU LSS President?
When elected the President of the Law Students’ Society, OAU; the reality of the task ahead dawned on me, I felt that the assumption of the platform to dispense excellence in administration and the release of a mantle needed to move our society notches higher on the ladder of greatness. In truism, it marks the onset of yet a wide sacrificial journey. However , it was adopted to be an elevated point of a lifestyle as prior to the election, I had ensured consciously that my actions are directed to raising heads and hands in servitude. Therefore, assumption of office as the President gave more vibrancy to what I love to do and in the little while in office, our society is rapidly progressing with our golden visions towards placing LSS, OAU on the global and intellectual radar.
What is your most stimulating moment?
Every passing time is momentous and the reality of my office comes with consistency in stimulating moment. Hence , holding one as most stimulating becomes herculean.
Do you intend to hold any key office in the long run?
My philosophy towards the assumption of leadership position is hinged on the need for service at a larger span. Every man has a backyard of ideas but not everyone stocks up such ideas with the parcel of reality. It is service to immediate society which in turn elevates to national and international level. A negative response to the assumption of key posts in the long run is what I would place as tantamount to retirement from service. The future holds much more, my operational Tripod of HINDSIGHT, INSIGHT and FORESIGHT does not end being the President of Law Students’ Society.
What is your management style?
Niccolo Machiavelli stated that people are governed by fear and love. He asserted that it is better to be feared than loved. But my management style seeks to make people understand firstly why they should put in their best, it focuses on giving a sense of belonging to all. Also, it is coupled with deep efforts at team work and creating a sense of involvement for all. I think my style of management is democratic and I suppose it is better to be loved than feared.
What are your top two values?
Values are indeed countless. However, I place premium and so much credence on Merit and Loyalty. I don’t have a share in the cake of knowledge that there is a philosophy known as Nepotism once merit is found as an answer and loyalty is not questionable.
What do you think are the most important leadership values and ethics to have? How would you put them in practice?
Leadership is Influence, leadership is Sacrifice. No more, no less. All other values and ethics are under the umbrella of these two. From my personal survey, a notice of deficiency in either would in fact not place me in a meritorious position as a President and these values are not just what came by in the middle of the night. They are consciously built and earned so much that the practice is a lifestyle.
How do you handle and resolve conflict?
The intricacies of human nature coupled with the complexities of human community have made conflicts and chaos inevitable.However, we cannot have our arms folded in relation to this common disease . Hence , the need to remedy it at any point in time; it involves employing all tactics available and all machinery employable. Conflicts are necessary particularly among brilliant people. There is no way to progress without making motion and motion creates friction. When such conflicts raise its ugly head among people, the best resolution comes through dialogue and mature intervention which would ensure the ego of the warring parties is left intact but their repentance still comes into being. When there is a disagreement, it is better to seek resolution by appealing to the exigency of the task rather than personal or ideological issues.
How do you deal with pressure?
I have for long made equanimity a partner in servitude, pressure is an inseparable part of leadership so it is advantageous to remain in tranquility.
Who is your role model?
To pick one out of several would be hard. But I admire the immeasurably Professor Ayobami Salami. He is the Vice Chancellor of the Technical University at Ibadan.
Why do you look up to that person?
Simply put, he is a warehouse of all I admire in leadership. His leadership chronicles the type of leader we should all love to be.
What piece of advice do you have for aspiring student leaders?
From the innermost part of me, i advise all student leaders to never allow the sleeping dogs of mediocrity wake up. Also, i enjoin them to ensure that the dividends of leadership are directly beneficial to those to whom services are directed. It is important for them to note that the concept of leadership is not a profile builder but an impact chaser.
What do you think of Vasiti?
Vasiti is an embodiment of innovations channelled towards engaging the interest of students all directed to productivity. Keep the ball of excellence rolling.