Follow Oduor-Otieno’s lead

The decision by outgoing KCB chief executive Martin Oduor-Otieno to write his biography is laudable, considering that few people in positions of authority take time to examine how their decisions have impacted on public life.

Being a person who has held a key position in the public service and made a significant contribution to banking, Mr Oduor-Otieno’s biography will shed light on some of the individual, boardroom and policy decisions that have shaped Kenya since the 1990s.

His recollections on how he grew up from a life of want to become an achiever should also inspire the young generation and teach them key lessons on self-advancement, wealth creation and making a significant contribution to society once they have made it to the pinnacle of their careers.

It is also a challenge to other CEOs, public figures and business people to share the insights they have gathered from their personal and professional experiences to enrich the public with their knowledge, but also to preserve it for posterity.

This will help society to re-evaluate itself for, as the Greek philosopher, Plato, once opined, the unexamined life is not worth living.

Friedrick Wiesel, a writer, once asked: “Aren’t autobiographies born in a question we ask ourselves: how did I get to this point?”

By answering such questions, CEOs can shed light on leadership and help us understand the present and shape the future of corporate Kenya. Is it too much to expect a memoir from Mr Eddy Njoroge, the outgoing KenGen MD?