An Examination of Leader-Follower Ethics in Nigeria

Research areas: Year: 2014
Type of Publication: Article Keywords: Leadership, Followership, Stewardship, Ethics, Nigeria, Discipline, Focus
  • and Mustapha Hashim Kurfi, Aminu Musa Ahmed
Journal: Journal of Social Sciences and Public Affairs Volume: 4
Number: 1 Pages: 105-113
Month: June
This paper contributes to the current heated debate on leader-follower ethics in Nigeria, highlighting some of the ideal ethical attributes of both the leadership and followership. The paper identifies some of the major challenges associated with the relationship, positing that the leadership-followership relationship in Nigeria is antagonistic and characterized by mistrust, indecency, cheating, looting, abuse of public office, distortion, greediness, bribery, corruption, and many other social vices. This deteriorating nature of this relationship has led to the demise of ethics, moral values, discipline, focus, and insecurity. The authors argue for a contemporary civilized Nigerian society to thrive and succeed, the leadership-followership must be mutually cordial, based on trust, consultation, selflessness, and sacrifice. While the leadership must be just, fair, accountable and subject-oriented, equally, the followership must ethically be compelled to express loyalty, discipline, and patriotism yet speaking the truth to power.