CEO Today - Africa Awards 2023

Nigeria | 25 Mr Opadokun, as the CEO of Sanlam General Insurance Nigeria Limited, how would you describe your leadership style, and how has it evolved over the years? My leadership style is quite conservative but highly involved. I believe every leader evolves with the times, though there are basic, foundational ideals that rarely change. For me, I believe in the power of a team and collaborative effort in getting the best out at all times. I like to empower my colleagues to give their best at all times without imposing a burden of fear on them. What do you believe is the most important quality in a leader, particularly in the insurance industry, and why? A good leader must command respect by simply being. This must not be because of the title or position you hold, no. You don’t force respect, you earn it by being empathetic, highly visionary and motivational. This is more so in our industry, Bode Opadokun is the Managing Director and CEO of Sanlam General Insurance Nigeria Limited. An insightful and versatile insurance professional with over three decades’ worth of experience in underwriting, marketing and executive managerial experience, his areas of expertise include general business and special risks, as well as agricultural insurance. Sanlam Nigeria is a leading insurance company that provides coverage for both individuals and corporations. The company is wholly owned by Sanlam Group, a pan-African life insurance and financial services group founded in 1918. The Group is a multinational organisation that maintains a significant presence across 33 African countries, as well as the US, the UK, Malaysia, Australia and India.

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