Fashola: ”I Learnt Leadership Lessons From Manchester United.”

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Lagos State governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has disclosed that he picks up salient lessons from the way popular football club, Manchester United, is being run.

In a recent interview, the governor stated,

“I have been a supporter of Manchester United since I was 10 years old in 1973. I was lucky my father used to work in Daily Times, so every Monday we used to get these football magazines called GOAL and SHOOT. It helped me to keep up with the league result in Europe….I have learnt lessons from them about Management and Leadership from Manchester United. I tell people now that I’m no longer a supporter and fan of Manchester United, I am an apostle of their philosophy. And that is important because I have used it to give examples to my colleagues in government that this is a club that has won everything there is to win in the past 25 years, but the question we must ask ourselves is this, and that is why am I an apostle of their methods? The questions they always ask themselves is this: ‘what does it take to want to win the same thing again?’ This is because that is not normally the way human beings behave. We are quickly satisfied with small achievements. So, this is a club that has played every season. You see them playing as if they were not the ones who won it last season. They are hungrier for it than the teams who have never won it. And that has helped us in our work in Lagos, that inspite of what people say that we have done in Lagos, we must set new frontiers for ourselves. We must not be complacent. We must want to do better than we have done. For me, that is a lesson in Management,” he quipped.



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