Cognitive dissonance is prevalent among Nigeria youths

Cognitive dissonance: “Mr. Nigeria wants a young man to lead Nigeria, but he will end up voting for a grandpa on the election day!!!!!!

Oh Mr. & Mrs. Nigeria!!!

As you are preparing for your 2019 drama, Can I share something with you about significant advantage of having a younger leader?

Hmmmm! I know among your wishes for the 2019 election, you would have loved to have a young, vibrant leader as your president, but ………unfortunately, due to high number of our youth that suffers from Cognitive dissonance in recent time…. when the voting time comes in February 2019, a bigger chunk of our youth who actually desire a younger person will still end up voting for grandpas, retired generals and even corrupt statesman. And yet, the same youth will come back again expecting the same old corrupt leaders and the country to develop with the same pace as Singapore, Malaysia Taiwan and the western countries…… can you actually give what you don’t have? Nooooooo. Wake up

Folks… lets us do something different this time, if you love Nigeria so much and you want her to develop and you also value our unity as a nation, please let your actions not contradict your personal beliefs, ideals, and values this time. “Think of a vibrant young leader in this election and vote for a vibrant young leader in this election”

Folks, do you know that younger leaders have a significant advantage over their older counterpart? Here is where I think the younger leaders excelled:

1. Welcoming change. The younger leaders embraced change and exhibit great skills at marketing their new ideas. They have the courage to make difficult changes, possibly because their lack of experience causes them to be more optimistic about their proposals for change.

“They are more willing than their elders to be the champions of change.”

2. Inspiring. Younger leaders know how to get others energized and excited about accomplishing objectives. They are able to inspire others to high levels of effort and production to an even greater degree than their more experienced counterparts.

“Their older colleagues tend to lead by “pushing” while younger managers lead by “pulling.””

3. Receptive to feedback. They are extremely open to feedback. They ask for feedback about their performance more often and seek ways to digest and implement the feedback. 
Older leaders, in contrast, tend to be less willing to ask for and respond to feedback from colleagues.

4. Dedicated to continuous improvement. This may be the result of having less invested in the past, but younger leaders are more willing to challenge the status quo.

“They are constantly looking for innovative ways to accomplish work more efficiently and with higher quality.”

5. Focused intently on results. They have a high need for achievement and put every ounce of energy into achieving their goals. In contrast, when someone or a politician has been in a government for a long period of time, it is easy to become complacent and to see the status quo as sufficient.

6. Good at setting stretch goals. A younger leader is more willing to set stretch goals. But an older leader has learned to sandbag a goal, so they don’t have to work so hard or run the risk of falling short.

“Younger leaders are more likely to set stretch goals and to inspire their team to achieve difficult tasks.”

Oh, Mr. & Mrs Nigeria. What are you waiting for? Understanding the strengths and importance of having a younger leader is extremely helpful. The ability to leverage these strengths presents a big opportunity for higher productivity in our dear country. Vote wisely.

Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
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