PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK: Wafula Luasi Nabutola - Daily Nation

He trains on leadership, management and effective communication

Friday July 6 2018

Wafula Nabutola during an interview at Nation Centre, Nairobi, on June 22, 2018. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO

Wafula Nabutola during an interview at Nation Centre, Nairobi, on June 22, 2018. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO 

By PETER MUSA
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Wafula Luasi Nabutola is founder and Consultant-in-chief of MyRita Consultants Limited; offering leadership and management training, advisory and research services. He is currently an associate professor, youth mentor and a lecturer; spending most of his time training and researching on leadership and management.

He sits at various boards among them the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (Kepsa) as the Security Sector board director and as Maji na Ufanisi board member.

He was the third Nairobi Central Business District Association (NCBDA) chairman from 2005 to 2008, and the first African to sit in the board of the Denmark-based International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) in 2009. FIG advises governments, especially in developing countries on real estate and infrastructure development.

Between 2015 to 2017 he was the Sub Saharan regional director of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor (RICS).

A 1980 University of Nairobi Land Economy graduate, Nabutola has a Master of Science in Construction Management from the University of Reading, UK.

He has attended trainings at various institutions such as the University of Cape Town, Portsmouth University, Renmin University of China, East and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI), Arusha, Tanzania and Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

 

You have won many hats during your lifetime. What made you settle on leadership and management training?

It’s because of what I have seen. One of our problems in leadership and management is lack of effective communication between top administrators, managers, their subordinate colleagues and the public. This presents leadership and management gaps at public and private sectors. With my experience, I felt that I was not truthful to my calling if I did not become part of the solution. I seek to inculcate these changes through training institutions.

 

Give us an example of leadership failure that you experienced?

It’s during late 90s and early 2000 when Nairobi was experiencing a host of problems generated from bad governance. Gun-toting criminals and street robbery were common, making daily operations a risky affair for ordinary people and the business community. This diminished investor confidence and affected the city’s reputation. More problems included water, solid waste and sanitation, a pre-emptive ad