Executives should take management tips from the man who just ran Nigeria's complicated elections

Attahiru Jega, Chairman, Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

Attahiru Jega, the chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had the unenviable task of delivering a free and fair election for 170 million people last month.

The complex environment consisted of 69 million eligible voters, 155,000 polling booths and 700,000 temporary staff, all deployed across a landmass of 923,768 sq.km. There was also faulty voter technology, logistical challenges, power cuts and terrorist threats. And failure could prove the catalyst for predicted election violence.

In a bitterly contested election, Jega emerged an unlikely, hero name-checked by the leader of the free world president Barack Obama, who singled him out for special mention in his post-election statement of congratulations.

Read more: Executives should take management tips from the man who just ran Nigeria’s complicated elections – Quartz.

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