The Impact Of Good Leadership In Our Society (A Case Study Of Governor Adams Oshomhole’S Administration)

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The Impact Of Good Leadership In Our Society (A Case Study Of Governor Adams Oshomhole’S Administration)


The major purpose of this study is to determine the impact of good leadership in our society using Governor Adams Oshomhole’s Administration as a case study. To achieve a meaning full result for this study, different method was used to gather information.

The raw scores data obtained from the questionnaire were analyzed and interpreted in percentage form.

Based on the research questionnaire, the following finding was observe:

Leadership which existed in Edo State is democratic.

It also reveals that good leadership is the existing one under Adams Oshomhole’s Administration in Edo state; that the majority of the respondents were of the view that Adams Oshomhole’s Administration has a positive impact on the development of our society, Edo state.

The researcher finally observed that good leadership can lead to more development in Edo State.

Chapter One


1.1 Background of the Study

Leadership is a very important issue in any society and organization. Most organizations particularly the public sector organization has been described performing below expectation because of the quality of leadership they enjoy.

Leadership is vitally important at all levels within the society. Leadership is the moral and intellectual ability to visualize and work for what is best for the country and its citizens. Effective leadership helps to develop the society and organization and the integration of individual and group goals in the organization within the society. Leaders have to sustain performance, sustaining current performance and growing for the future within the citizens in the society. While keeping eyes on performance indicators, leaders encourage creativity and innovation, risk taking and skills for future development. The vital role of the leader in shaping performance becomes fundamental to the development of the society.

1.2 What Is Leadership

Leadership can be defined as a process by which people are directed, guided and led towards achieving goals.

Akinboye (2005) defines leadership as leaders inducing followers to act for certain goals that represent the values and the wants and needs, the aspirations and expectations of both leaders and followers.

Neanna (1996:93) defined leadership as ability of a leader to influence his subordinate so that they strive willingly towards the attainment of goals.

When one hears of leadership, as a topic of discussion, numerous ideas may likely come to his mind, he may think of leadership in terms of power, authority or influence etc.

However, one may equally conceive some international acclaimed greed names like:

Napole on churches, Abraham Lincola, Nnamidi Azikiwe etc they used the records of those men as a yardstick to measure the required traits that efficient and effective leadership should posse and the nature of concept of leadership. In this research work, we should concern ourselves with impact of good leadership in our society using Adams Oshomhole, Edo State Governor as a case study.

1.3 The Importance of a Good Leader

  1. A good leader knows where he is going: in terms of achieving a goal.
  2. A good leader knows how to get from here to there: In other words, he not only knows where they need to go, but also how to get there.
  3. A good leader determine exactly where the country is to go and by putting strenuous effort to ensure that it gets there, he should be flexible if he means to achieve a positive result.

1.1 Statement of the Problem

Implicit in any society is the leadership. This is because a society can function as a function through which activities are rendered.

However, the researcher embarked on this study due to these problems.

  1. To discover why some people that occupy key position in this our society feel that government owned established is not their affairs?
  2. Do they thereby exhibit non-challant attitude towards discharging their duties?
  3. Under circumstances will their subordinates also show apathy or lack of interest on government work?
  4. Do some of leaders concentrate more on their personal satisfaction rather than citizen?
  5. Finally to know some of the leader that do not recognize their subordinates especially in decision-making process without knowing that such subordinate are materials for effective decision making.

1.3 Research Question

The study sought answers to the following research questions.

  1. What are the leadership styles that could be identified in any society or Edo state as?
  2. What kind of leadership exists under Governor Adams Oshomhole’s administration in Edo state?
  3. Can good leadership lead to more development in Edo State?

1.4 Objectives of the Study

The main objectives of this research work are as follows:

In this research work, in order to limit the exercise, this research work is aimed at achieving the following end.

  1. To identify the set goals or objectives of the administration under study and to ascertain whether the administration is achieving that idea of leadership.
  2. To find out the effectiveness of Adams Oshomhole’s Administration and how it has contributed towards the achievement of the goals of the society.
  3. To examine how good leadership has helped to enhance development in Edo state.

1.5 Significance of the Study

The significance of the study can be sub-divided into two broad categories the theoretical significance and the practical significance.

The Theoretical Significance

This study is a case study and as a case study, certain generalizations and postulation of this study can be used to explain the impact of good leadership in our society.

The Practical Significance

This study will be useful to most students and other citizens of the Edo State that needs the importance of good leadership. The management of organizations can use the finding and the recommendations of this study to improve the qualities of the justice for the purpose of their subordinate performance.

1.6 Scope and the Limitation Of Study

This research work cover the impact of good leadership in our society, observing Adams Oshomhole’s Administration and its impact on the development of Edo State.

1.7 Definition of Terms

This involves the explanation of terms which one related to the study and which if not explained may hamper people’s understanding of the research report. Those terms like Leadership:


Akinboye (2005) defines leadership as leaders inducing followers to act for certain goals that represent the values and the wants and needs, the aspirations and expectations of both leaders and followers.

However, spears (1990:43) defined leadership as getting things done by working with people and physical resources through co-ordination influencing, directing etc. to accomplish the objectives of an organization or a society.

According to Chijioke (1987:15), Leadership can be defined as guiding a group of persons towards achieving their goals or ambitions.


This is the act or process of administering, especially the management of a government or large institution.


Performance is an action or achievement considered in relation to how successful or non-successful a worker contributed in organization or society productivity.


This means an establishment entity with an explicit or implicit objective.


Is the government of the people, by the people, and for the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.


The gradual growth of something so that it becomes more advances, stronger a new event or stage that is likely to effect what happens in a continuing situation. It could be in political and economical

Chapter Five

Summary, Conclusion & Recommendation

5.1 Summary of Findings

However, in the course of this research work, the researcher made the following observations.

It was observed that Governor Adams Oshomhole has a brilliant and well-utilized, Remarkable achievement for improving and developing Edo State which in turn affect the country at large.

The researcher also found out those things such as schools, suitable working place and offices are partially sufficient in Edo State.

The civil servants of Edo State are aware of the leadership styles of Governor Adams Oshomhole and are willing to comply or else stand the risk of losing their jobs as Adams Oshomhole is termed “Action Governor”

The researcher discovered that good leadership is existing under Adams Oshomhole’s Administration in Edo state; that the majority of the respondents were of the view that Adams Oshomhole’s Administration has a positive impact on the development of Edo state.

The researcher also revealed that inadequate infrastructure; machinery and equipment could seriously affect or hinders successful performance of government officials in discharging their duties, and therefore should be fought against.

Generally, all respondents agreed that the democratic leadership style was the best of all. Furthermore, it is known that democratic leadership styles enhance societal effectiveness as all government workers co-operate to fashion and implement objectives.

5.2 Conclusion

This research work has intended to study the impact of good leadership in our society using Adams Oshomhole’s Administration as a case study. The result of this research show that most leaders and office holders in Edo State employ the democratic style of leadership, which in the best knowledge of the researcher as the best leadership style.

5.3 Recommendations

However, on the strength of the findings of this research work, it is fundamental to make the following recommendations:

  1. Leadership in the country at large should learn to employ democratic approach in leadership. This would help them to carry their subordinates along and help in facilitating the attainment of the society’s objectives.
  2. Leadership By Example (LBE) should equally be introduced in the state government. This would help government officials of the state to rule and lead well.
  3. Looking at Adams Ashomhole’s Administration, I am aware that some persons may be suffering some pains as a result of the present effort by this administration to bring about positive changes in the environment but these persons should learn to see beyond their pains for good things do not come easily. Good things come with pains. People must also learn to put the collective interest of the state first before their personal gains.
  4. Government on its part should do all it can to alleviate the sufferings of those who were ejected during the demolition of illegal structures exercise just like what the Lagos State government did. I believe that in every policy that government initiates, the interest of the common man must be taken into consideration, for man is at the center of every human activity.
  5. Every citizen of Edo State should bear in mind that the building of Edo State is not a task for Governor Oshiomhole and his team alone. We all as citizens are part of this task of re-building Edo State. We must therefore co-operate with this present administration through obedient to his good leadership so development can be attained in our society.

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