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Religion and leadership in a time of challenge, By Ngozi Bell


Effective, relevant, and positive leadership are all required for steering individuals and communities towards perseverance, resilience, strength and courage needed in the face of challenges and potential adversities. Well meaning, well placed, truth based religion can be a catalyst to restore a sense of purpose, hope, values and ethics. Religion done right can provide a moral compass and the innate spiritual guidance to find our way.

The essence and ingredients of such an outcome need the following items:

The right and good foundation – The truth is there is wrong and right, distinct and clear. Moral principles that prioritise the wellbeing of people and communities is the only right foundation. It ensures and encourages ethical behaviour, and promotes healthy unification and adequate mutual support. It removes the dominance factor that bad and unhealthy practices can foster. Good, truth based religion can bring good, truth based unification.

Meaningful, healthy purpose – Good religious values can restore a sense of hope and draw on enduring values that lead to substantial wholesome goals. It rises above and exposes evil so much so that most can clearly see its harm and resist it for the broader good. It enthrones endurance and resilience towards good in the face os blatant challenges.

Community support and mobilisation – Religion of truth and love can gather, moblise and empower communities using prayer groups, congregants, fellowships and more. The impact is the same in the most rural of interiors to the most vibrant of cities. Public squares become true public spaces, dimensions of leadership are showcased as wisdom spread, people are empowered as they trust in truth and hold each other accountable. Suddenly the people cannot be deceived – collective action, mutual assistant and emotional assistance prevail. Life is lived thoroughly in spite of the challenges and eventually the people overcome

Framework for existential questions – Good, moral, truth based religious teachings can be the gamechanger. They can make spirit of what appears senseless, resolve moral dilemmas, navigate adversity to bring solace and eventually deliver a calm that withstands the storm. They can cause a tremendous number of people to be saved, yes saved in every way.

You see when effective, relevant, positive and truth based religion converges on leadership, transformation happens and societies are strengthened, empowered and excel. That is what the land and the people yearn for. So I wish and bequeath to us all good leadership

About Ngozi Bell

Take a listen to this podcast Say It Skillfully® OUR VOICES – Ngozi & Okezue Bell, Carpe Diem! Tuesday, April 5, 2022 (voiceamerica.com)

Inspiration, Hard Work, Innovation. These three foundational elements anchor Ngozi’s core belief that manifesting the extraordinary is always within reach. Inspired by her mother A.C.Obikwere, a scientist and author, she learned the privilege of living at the edge of important encounters and dedicating herself to robust and perpetual learning. Ngozi’s background is a combination of Physics, Engineering, Venture Capital/Private Equity, regulations, and business where she has managed over $1B in cumulative revenue. Ngozi is a speaker, storyteller, and writer on a diverse set of topics including AI, iDLT, ML, Signal Processing, iOT, women, entrepreneurship and more. She contributes regularly to VOA, has been a TEDx speaker and is published on tech and non-tech platforms. She is a champion of STEM, women, youth, art and the Africa we must engage. Ngozi is an adjunct professor of Physics and management with work

experience in Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and North America. She is a founder of a number of a number of enterprises and host of the podcast Stem, Stocks and Stews (https://anchor.fm/stemstocksstews-podcast).

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