Are you ready to be a CEO? Have you memorized your 100 day plan incase you are chosen today to take up this important role? These were the opening questions KCB CEO Joshua Oigara posed to the 1st year MBA class when he attended their class session as a guest speaker.
Mr. Oigara defined the pivotal role of the CEO as one that should raise peoples aspirations to enable them reach their full potential. He attributed good bosses as part of his reason for succeeding and urged the students to coach their employees while stating that it is their role as the leaders to help those who work under them.
He stated that it is also the role of a leader to make tough choices and urged them not to make a habit of listening to excuses as it will hamper their growth as leaders. He instead insisted on the importance of accountability of ones actions and the importance of acting tough on non-performance.
Despite it being difficult to balance work and family life as a CEO, Mr. Oigara pointed out the importance of doing so and shared his method of achieving the balance by stating that he does not allow work issues to interfere with his time with the family on Sundays.
Indeed, it has been said that it is lonely at the top, but it need not be. Mr. Oigara ensures that he bonds with his employees atleast once every week, inviting them for a chat not just about work but also about their families. He concluded by stating that in order for one to succeed, they need to benchmark on excellence. He advised the students to build a basket of abilities, focusing on their strengths and improving on their weaknesses.
About Joshua N. Oigara
Joshua Oigara was appointed as the KCB Group Chief Executive in November, 2012. Prior to his appointment he served as the Chief Financial Officer of the KCB Group. He joined the bank in November 2011 from Bamburi Cement Limited where he served as an Executive Director and the Group Finance Director for the East Africa region. He is an MBA graduate from the Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Australia and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from the University of Nairobi. He is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya.
He is a graduate of the Duke University Business School (Fuqua) Leadership Development Programme and the Institut Europeen dAdministration des Affaires (INSEAD) Advanced Management Programme. He has experience in strategy, commercial, performance improvement, IT excellence, business advisory and all finances across various sectors in East Africa.
Source: KCB Kenya