Soccer Development & Leadership

Hello sports fans, it’s a pleasure for me to be back with this edition of my column, it’s actually an end of the year edition.

I’m’ looking at Soccer Development and Leadership as it affects administration.

This is not about a title or a designation. It’s about an impact, influence and inspiration that practitionals have in the administration of the game.

Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team/work amongst mates and followers.

It has to evolve policies, programs and projects that contribute to the development of grassroots sports and have significant sociopolitical and socioeconomic impact on countries.

It is performed by bureaucrats who are talented and highly experienced.

The are many benefits of top planning that lead to development.
Innovation at all levels of planning.
Importance to the development at grassroots level.

Development of human capital as a resource.

Politics and administration must go hand in hand to establishing rapid change in society and bring about just and distinct social order.

Freedom of administrative machinery to express ideas, views for the most effective and efficient use of natural resources.

Administrative Development: For effective Development Administration the structure of Administration itself must be empowered, large and capable enough to sustain the pressures by the developmental activities. In simpler words it means to develop administrative health by rationalizing and institution building and bringing about a radical change in the administrative framework, from the traditionalist approach, to handle and create socio-economic and political development and social change. In essence the objective of Administrative development can be summarized as:
Building decision making capabilities.
Development of skill and specialization to tackle complex issues in the personnel.
Giving importance to training, effective use of technology to bring about change in Administrative approach.
Increasing administrative capacity, capabilities, removing corruption and bringing in more accountability.
Creating leaders out of bureaucrats for promotion of development initiatives.
To achieve development goals it is necessary to that there is proper planning, optimum utilization of resources, skilled personnel, accountability in actions and words, self-reliance and emphasis on technology. At the same time we need to develop the bureaucracy, innovativeness, build capabilities, integrity and decentralized decision making.
The most effective check and balance on government has been an independent press which maintains its credibility by ensuring that its criticism is balanced and based on fact – based indeed on solid journalistic work.
Not until we begin to appreciate and celebrate our own ( Products ) then we will be free from stardom colonization. Colonialism has deprives us of our self-esteem and to get it back you have to fight to redress the balance.
The largest challenge that we face, from my perspective, is the ability to continue moving forward so the agency will have a single mission: that is, to provide decent, safe, and affordable sports developmental structure .
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, we must build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Hope you enjoy this brief piece, join me again in as the next edition of my column is on the way.

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Peter Ijeh,
ULc, BSs. ( Sweden )

Happy Xmas and a prosperous new year in advance

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