Interview with Adekunle Balogun


1. What is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?

Effective Communication, Clear Vision, Accountability, Executive Alignment, Successful Execution, Terminations, Company Culture, Driving Inspiration and Motivation.

Adekunle Balogun

IT Manager,

2. What skills do you use most often in your leadership role?

The ability to inspire and convince others, Active listening, Empathy, the ability to share clear messages and make complex ideas easy to understand for everyone, Flexibility, Strategic thinking skills, and Creativity.

3. What has been one of your biggest joys as a leader?

Being able to set direction, take risks and make things happen and help my team members develop, grow, and succeed.

Adekunle Balogun

IT Manager,

4. What's your favourite quote?

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game

5. How do you balance life and work?

Plan ahead to combines work activities with leisure, social or fitness activities, A healthy lifestyle is essential to coping with stress and to achieving work-life balance. Eat well include physical activity in your daily routine and get enough sleep. In addition, aim to relax.

6. What would you classify as the most defining leadership behavior?

Good leaders aren’t afraid to make decisions, especially hard ones. They avoid delaying decisions or letting their personal views intervene. They look at things carefully, research well, try and see every angle, and decide and then stick to it. This will directly influence employee behaviour.

7. What’s something everybody in your industry should stop or start doing?

Stop: Ignoring your health, Stop making decisions based on emotions, Stop quitting when it gets difficult.  Start: Read something new every day, One Thing at a time, don’t leave things unfinished and Communicate Effectively.

Adekunle Balogun

IT Manager,

8. What are the most important qualities you look for in a future employee? Why?    

 Dependability, reliability, accountability, responsibility Why?  Employees who take responsibility for their actions, are dependable, arrive on time, do what they say, and don’t let the others in their team down, are highly valued employees.

9. How do you encourage honest, open employee dialogue?

When discussing an employee’s behavior or a decision they made, avoid judging their behavior or the reasoning behind their decision, instead, describe what you observed.

10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

You can’t change the way things are,  but you can change the way you look at things.