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Barrister Ajayi Olowo is more than the next Governor of Ekiti State. He’s a model of leadership who demonstrates traits and characteristics that are essential for present day leaders and professionals.

Before and after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln confronted a variety of trials and obstacles, but remained committed to his vision to create a free nation. Just like Lincoln, Ajayi Olowo embodies many admirable qualities, two are especially relevant:

Ajayi Olowo is a master listener.

Like most leaders, Olowo dealt with conflicting views and personalities, yet he’s known as a man who listened. People were free to oppose his point of view without fear of retaliation. Of course, listening wasn’t always an indication of Olowo’s agreement. He would simply listen to competing ideas, process what he’d heard, and then respectfully make his final decision.

Ajayi Olowo is a master communicator.

Olowo is a communicator who artfully wove his vision for a new Ekiti with the priorities of his team. This is no small feat, and one executives wrestle with daily. Often, it’s difficult to make executive decisions that are best for long-term success when they conflict with short-term interests. Olowo is a speaker of the people. In other words, he simplified his vision and presented it in a way that conveyed his understanding of the people.

Having a vision is one thing, but believing that it is possible and will happen is what separates a successful leader and others.