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LEADERSHIP

What’s the book that you read that had a major impact on        So, describe yourself as a car. What car are you?
your life?
                                                                A Mercedes . It is a comfortable and luxurious car. Life is not a
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. I read this book in 1968
whilst a student at French School Kamusinga and one of the      rehearsal, so I live it as best as I can.
key lessons from it was, change has to be well crafted and
gradual thus you have to be smart when introducing a new
concept to people.

So, describe yourself as a car. What car are you?

Peugeot. It never gets out of style. I think that i am just as

tough as this car made for rough roads.

                                                                Mr Carilus Ademba
                                                                53 YEARS OLD
                                                                COUNTRY DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL COOPERATIVE BUSINESS
                                                                ASSOCIATION, CLUSA INTERNATIONAL (NCBA CLUSA)

                                                                Who or what has had the greatest influence in your life?

                                                                Experience has been my greatest teacher and influenced how

                                                                I work! I have seen good systems work and bad systems fail.

Mr. Solomon Angutsa Atsiaya                                     What’s the one thing you have learnt in the Cooperative
                 47 YEARS OLD                                   sector, which you apply in your daily life?

  CEO, KENYA POLICE SACCO                                       The culture of saving.

Who or what has had the greatest influence in your life?        What’s the one mistake you have learnt from as a leader?

My mother who taught me Mathematics and opened up my            In instances where I have not supported good governance,
mind into analytically looking at various issues. I also look   it has always failed. Governance is everything. Having an
up to Dr Julius Kipngetich who transformed Kenya Wildlife       awesome IT system, good financial system and even the best
Service (KWS) from a loss making entity into a profit making    human resource system mean nothing if your governance is
one.                                                            in shambles! Governance is the human interface capable of
                                                                destroying anything good.

What’s the one thing you have learnt in the Cooperative         What are you doing to inspire a generation of leaders in
sector, which you apply in your daily life?                     today’s generation?

Always strive to improve people’s lives. I aspire to affect     Despite my hectic schedule, I avail myself to attend forums
communities using the cooperative model.                        where I speak to the youth on the importance of hard work.
                                                                I always insist that success is not instant or short term. It is
What’s the one mistake you have learnt from as a leader?        made up of small pieces of success acquired over a long
                                                                period of time.
Procrastination. You might never recover from taking a long
time to make a decision thus leading to opportunity passing     What’s the book that you read that had a major impact on
you by.                                                         your life?

What are you doing to inspire a generation of leaders in        Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela. This book
today’s generation?                                             has been impactful in my life as it has taught me to avoid
                                                                focusing on my past mistakes and forge forward.
I have an open door policy and support younger leaders who
come to me for help. I also contribute in mentoring youth.      So, describe yourself as a car. What car are you?

What’s the book that you read that had a major impact           I am a Land Rover! I can walk into fire, I can trudge through
on your life?                                                   rough roads and come out strong.

The Bible.

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