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“We need more leaders and less bosses” Levy Musonda

Passionate about personal development, leadership training, speaking and mentor ship. A final year pharmacy student at North Caucasus federal university (NCFU), Currently serving as the Vice President of the Union of International students having previously served as the union President for 2017–2018 academic year. having also served in the Association for International Students as president for foreign students from English speaking countries and later on as the associations Vice president. This is a story of 25-year-old Levy Musonda currently based in the city of Stavropol located in the Caucasus region of the Russia.

Brief history of work done?

Besides being in my final year of pharmacy at North Caucasus federal university (NCFU), I am currently serving as the Vice President of the Union of International students having previously served as the union President for 2017–2018 academic year. I have also served in the Association for International Students in Stavropol as president for foreign students from English speaking countries and later on as the associations Vice president.

I am also a Christian youth minister presiding over a student Christian fellowship, my engagement in public speaking has given me the opportunity to work with a number of organizations such as the international Association of speakers and the youth training center, a regional organization which operates under the Russian union of youth. I recently got the chance to work as a volunteer with International Student spring for BRICS and SCO countries, I have also worked with UNESCO and cultural patrol.

What’s the favorite thing about what you do?

The time and opportunity to be of service and assistance to people brings me happiness, in all of my work which usually comes with trips, leadership positions, titles and different kinds of rewards.

Do you think you influence people?

I believe I influence people because the work I do has made it possible for me to win the National Foreign Student of year-2018 award. I have also had the opportunity to meet people like the minister of science and higher education for the Russian Federation Mikhail Kotyukov, the Director General of the State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev, the Zambian Ambassador to Russia Shadreck C. Luwita and governors from a few Russian regions, this is to show that the work I do doesn’t go unnoticed by people of all ages.

What more can you do to influence the Zambian youths positively?

Zambians have the drive to build solo legacies. Most of us want to be either the first Zambian, the youngest Zambian or the only Zambian. All these are very good aspirations but we have not invested much in mentoring people that will carry on these legacies. I therefore invest my time in personal development, leadership training, public speaking and mentorship. The mission is to positively influence young leaders (especially the Zambian youth) to impact their families, businesses, organizations and communities, to build a team of well-equipped and trained young leaders that will build corporate legacies.

What’s the one thing you cannot go a day without doing?

Prayer!! As a young Christian minister on the road to becoming a full time clergyman, I have learnt the importance of cultivating a healthy prayer life in everything I do.

I love a good read too and I cannot go a day without opening any form of literature.

Favorite place in Zambia?

I have not had the opportunity to visit a lot places in Zambia but from the few places visited, I will say none of them can be compared to my home town Mufulira on the Copper belt province.

Three Zambian people if any who have influenced you so much?

Apart from my family members

I have two Zambians that have been a benchmark.

1. Pastor Choolwe Mudenda Choolwe the President and Founder of the Gospel Invasion Incorporated also known as Gospel Envoys Church.

2. Dr Nevers Mumba, Movement for Multiparty Democracy president, former Vice-President, Pastor at Victory Church and founder of the Zambia shall be saved evangelistic campaigns.

Biggest thing you’d change about Zambia?

We need more leaders and less bosses.

Leadership is the foundation, all forms of leadership and our attitude and approach towards leadership has to change. The Psalmist David writes in his 11th Psalm according to the New Living Translation Bible: “The foundations of law and order have collapsed. What can the righteous do?”
John Maxwell writes “As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person that I should try to change is me.”

Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What advice would you have given yourself?

“Start now!!” because Preparation or hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard.

How do you want people to remember you?

A person of life lived and poured out for the service of humanity.

What are some causes you are passionate about?

I am passionate about personal development, leadership training, speaking and mentorship.

What are you do aside from your passion and work?

I am an active member of the university musical and poetry club “Inspiration”. Besides this the rest of my time is spent indoors either listening to various speakers or watching a movie.

What publications have you regularly read?

My article choices ranging from politics to business but publications by John Maxwell, Paul Martinelli and Ravi Zacharias are a huge part of my regular reads.

Any favorite books?

1. Free Yourself from the dream killer (Pastor Choolwe)

2. Towards mental exploits (Dr David Oyedepo)

3. The greatest salesman in the world (0g Mandino)

4. Acres of diamonds (Russell H Conwell)

5. Good morning Holy Spirit (Benny Hinn)

What would be your personal motto?

Victory favors the prepared.

Advise to your fellow youths?

“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”
-Og Mandino

By Lonjezo Chitsanzu Mwale

Edited by Dalitso Kasonde

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