Philips Consulting boss, Robert Taiwo urges bankers to embrace leadership, cultural shift

Robert Taiwo, Managing Director of Philips Consulting, (plc.) has said that banking requires cultur and leadership more than technology in a didgital transformation.

The managing director of the leading consulting firm in Africa stated this at 12th Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria’s annual banking and finance conference in Abuja recently.

The two days conference themed “The Future of the Nigerian Banking Industry 360” addressed matters that would enable stakeholders to reposition the finance and banking industry.

Speaking on the topic “Driving Digital and Innovation”, Mr. Taiwo, said, “Culture and leadership are more important than technology in a digital transformation.”

The guest speaker advised organisations to begin to pursue digital transformation differently if they want to survive in a digital-led economy.

Robert Taiwo, managing director of pcl.

“As per digital transformation and change,” he said, “the components are technology, culture, and leadership. I believe the technology will take care of itself, especially in Nigeria where we’ve leapfrogged in terms of digital and our use of emerging technologies. Nigerian banks must now begin to focus on changes in culture and leadership.”

He stressed the need for organisations to make the transition from a command-and-control culture towards an adhocratic culture that promotes speed, impact, and openness. He also advocated a shift from the traditional methods of leadership to transformational leadership that relies more on empathy, coaching, and empowerment. “This is the kind of leadership we need to drive digital economy 4.0” he advised.

Mr. Robert Taiwo, MD of pcl. being presented with an award

Mr. Taiwo also encouraged public and private sector institutions on the need to ensure an increase in digital literacy. While a lot is happening in this space, he said: “we still have a lot of work to do”. Continuing, he said “I know that government at the federal and state levels are rolling out digital awareness programmes. The private sector is also pushing out programmes around digital training and new technologies. But we do need to step up.”

Mr. Taiwo leads Phillips Consulting (pcl.); a leading consulting services firm providing business strategy, digital, technology, human capital, digital learning, and international development professional services.

The CIBN conference is part of the efforts of the institute to drive financial inclusion and sustainable development in Nigeria, and this annual event brings together the banking industry and top business leaders across the country.