AHA – ANA – EKU
A PRINCIPLE OF LEADERSHIP
This paper seeks to establish the theoretical explanation for Ahaneku, as an Igbo leadership principle. It holds that since community leadership among Igbos is mostly collegiate, an ‘execute officer’ can only succeed if he/she is popular. Ahaneku, which translates to beckoned/desired for positive influence (or simply one that is popular) connotes positive influence: phenomena that in measurable terms equate competence, discipline, emotional intelligence, integrity and prosociality. The theoretical framework: The Almighty Prosocial theory inter alia buttresses the principle as intrinsically motivated based on the core values of the Igbos and the belief by the leader in the overwhelming power of the Almighty to overwhelmingly reward selfless leadership/role behaviour. By applying well-designed narratives and mentoring, and by highlighting the high regard/esteem to which ‘Ahaneku Leaders’ are held (operant conditioning), this principle could be taught and learnt, and holds high promise for engendering harmony, positive organizational culture and citizenship behaviours, and high productivity.