Yetunde Badmos: Surround yourself with positive influences

Back from a brief hiatus, this edition focuses on women in leadership. In the spotlight is Yetunde Badmosyour not-at-all-average lady. She has so many things going on in her portfolio that show she is a good multitasker. 

Yetunde Badmos is a dedicated GIS Analyst, an Honourable member of the University of Ibadan Student Representative Council, a Mental Health Advocate, a Social Scientist, a Humanitarian and a Volunteer.

Omote Ro Dhe was drawn to her profile based on the common interests and education we share together. We got 'chitty-chatty' on all Yetunde is all about especially regarding the leadership role she plays in the institution of learning. She had a lot to share regarding the challenges women face in leadership and more. 

Read excerpts from the interesting e-interview below:

What do you do as an Honourable Member of the University of Ibadan Students' Representative Council (SRC) 9th assembly?

As an honourable member of the Student Representative Council (SRC) of the University of Ibadan, Queen Idia Hall constituency, I am typically responsible for representing the interests and concerns of the 100 students in my hall of residence. I serve as an advocate for students, voicing their opinions, needs, and concerns to the school administration, faculty, and other relevant stakeholders. Also, as a member of the transport committee, I am responsible for coordinating various transportation services provided by the school so as to ensure efficient and timely services. I also advocate for the transportation needs and interests of the students in my constituency to the university administration or relevant stakeholders. As a team, we raise concerns, suggest improvements, and work towards enhancing transportation services based on student feedback and requirements.

As a woman leader, what are some challenges women face in leadership and how can they overcome them? 

Gender bias and stereotypes Women often encounter biases and stereotypes that assume traditional gender roles or underestimate their abilities as leaders. To overcome this challenge, it is crucial to focus on showcasing your skills and competencies. Build a strong network of supporters who can advocate for your capabilities and challenge gender biases. Also, women are still underrepresented in leadership positions, which can lead to a lack of role models and limited opportunities for advancement. It is essential to seek out female mentors and leaders within one's field who can provide guidance and inspire you

What are the major skills needed to be a woman leader?

Being a woman leader requires a combination of skills, qualities, and attributes that are essential for effective leadership. While the specific skills needed may vary depending on the context and industry, here are two major skills I feel can contribute to success as a woman leader Confidence and assertiveness: Women leaders often face gender-based stereotypes and biases that question their abilities, competence, and authority.

Confidence helps counter these biases by projecting a strong sense of self-assurance, proving their capabilities, and commanding respect. Assertiveness is also important in expressing opinions, setting boundaries, and advocating for oneself and the team.

Emotional Intelligence: Women leaders often face unique challenges and experiences, and having emotional intelligence allows them to understand and empathize with the emotions and perspectives of others. This empathy helps create inclusive and supportive work environments where diverse voices are heard and valued.

Success is relative, what does it mean to you?

To me, the concept of success being relative means that it varies from person to person and is subjective in nature. Success cannot be universally defined or measured in the same way for everyone, as different individuals have different goals, values, and aspirations. What one person considers as success may not hold the same significance or meaning for someone else.

What advice do you have for younger girls pursuing purpose? 

Embrace your passions Explore the things that genuinely excite and inspire you. Take the time to understand your interests, whether they are related to arts, sciences, sports, or any other field. By pursuing your passions, you'll be more likely to find a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Be open to learning Embrace a growth mindset and never stop learning. Seek out opportunities to expand your knowledge and develop new skills. Education can come in various forms, including formal schooling, online courses, books, mentors, and real-world experiences. Stay curious and be willing to explore different subjects and perspectives. Surround yourself with positive influences Seek out role models and mentors who inspire and support you. Surround yourself with people who believe in your potential and encourage your pursuit of purpose. Build a network of individuals who share your values and can provide guidance and advice when needed. Pursuing purpose often involves facing challenges and setbacks. It's important to develop resilience and perseverance to overcome obstacles. Remember that failure is a natural part of growth and learning. When faced with setbacks, view them as opportunities to learn and grow stronger. Also, not to sound too religious but trust me, putting God first in all you do opens a lot of doors and unmerited favours. So put God first and trust him to crown your EFFORTS (YOU NEED TO MAKE EFFORTS).