Leaders Need Excellent Interpersonal Skills — Barclays Bank MD



Mrs. Patience AkyianuThe Managing Director of Barclays Bank Ghana, Mrs. Patience Akyianu, has identified excellent interpersonal skills as very critical in the life of every leader who wants to be successful.

According to her a good relationship with subordinates or colleagues which makes the leader approachable on both professional and personal grounds serves as a great motivation to staff.

This, she said, encouraged them to be ready and willing to strive in achieving the vision and mission of the leader. She said this when she delivered her keynote address titled: “The pathway to successful leadership” at the inauguration of Dreamers Leadership Club Foundation, a non-profit Christian organisa-tion aimed at raising good leaders for the country.

Mrs. Akyianu also stressed the need for a leader to be competent and to be seen to be in charge of all her endeavours. “You must be seen by your employees and other stakeholders as being an expert in your field or an expert in leadership. Unless your constituents see you as highly credentialed and capable, it will be difficult for you to be respected, admired and followed,” she explained.

She also emphasised the need for a successful leader to build a strong support network including a strong team. “In reality most of us do not possess all the skills and abilities necessary to demonstrate total mastery over every requisite area within our organisations. It’s therefore imperative that we surround ourselves with the right people with the skills to complement us as a leader,” she said.

The Chief of Tema who is also the Patron of the Club, Nii Adjei Kraku expressed appreciation to the founders of the club and their willingness to help in bringing up youths who would not depend on others but encourage themselves to do things on their own.

He expressed displeasure about what he described as the inability of the nation to be innovative and therefore leading to many of its natural resources going down the drain and called on the youth to work hard in making the country to become like other successful nations.

The founders of the club, Mrs. Audrey Abakah and Mrs. Joyce Sika Twum, also took their turns to advise the members of the club to take every opportunity they were offered to learn to become successful leaders. From Dzifa Emma Tetteh, Sakumono

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