There is this adage that the stealth of the tiger is not due to fear.

So, someone said,

Much ado about Onnoghen.

I personally wasn’t impressed with the man’s representation of himself during the Senate confirmation.

This was in response to the news flash, Senate Confirms Onnoghen As New CJN

And the question that popups up is, is great erudition or wonderful oratorical skills a prerequisite to high office? Is that skill non negotiable?

Someone responded..

Words are cheap. Great articulation with not much action, and the reverse, abound..

I also know that oral presentation is perhaps not the only, or primary factor in comprehensively evaluate people for high office.

It is possible for someone to be a slow, but very effective thinker. While​ such a person may not be able to fluently communicate his ideas, that does not make him a dullard, or. Inappropriate for the position.

The one who kicked off this discourse said,

Some people, following your path of trivialization, will also say “Education is useless”.

The point really is that while exceptions may exist for certain “time-tested truths” (such as communication-ability is an essential leadership skill), those exceptions should not become the norm or be redefined as the norm.

This was followed by the retort,

Words are cheap. It is pointless debating this one. So the talk about exceptions doesn’t apply to this.

We have numerous leaders that are not verbally fluent, yet quiet do good job of leading. Reticence is not necessarily a bad leadership quality.

So, it is desirable, but not ‘essential’.

Yes, most effective leaders have very good verbal communication skills. Note that this is different from being able to speak grammatically spotless sentences or being charismatic, though these things help.

There are EFFECTIVE managers who have poor grammar skills, or are close to being called a frozen fish. The purpose of communication is to transmit an idea, a thought, a call for action, to another person without the receiving person misinterpreting it.
The method to do that may not necessarily be verbal…

We have had the Frank Iwekes, Femi Fani-Kayodes, the Reuben​ Abatis and other wonderful communicators in positions of power.

Pray, tell, how effective were they as leaders ?

It is not your communication skills that make you a good leader, it is WHAT you are communicating, and that communication does not have to be verbal.

It could just be through ‘body language’ !

I would say, while being good in verbal skills would be an asset in any sphere of human endeavor, it is by no means an indispensable skill for being a leader.


A bad speaker can be a good leader, having great interpersonal skill, inspiring followers through personal integrity and empathy.

A good speaker can be a bad leader, communicating beautiful nonsense, lacking integrity and empathy, a bad example for others to follow. .


Truly, The Robe Does Not A Monk Make!

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