Former MD of CAL Bank talks leadership, life and banking on the Y Leaderboard series

Ghana’s supreme urban radio station, Y107.9FM has taken edutainment to a whole new level with the all-new Y Leaderboard Series segment on the Myd Morning radio show hosted by Rev Erskine.

The ‘Y Leaderboard Series’, which hosts leaders and achievers in various industries globally seeks to develop and provide inspiration to the youth.

The immediate past Managing Director of CAL Bank, Frank Adu Jnr has shared insights into his journey to and through the financial sector and has also advised the youth to take charge of their lives.

Speaking on Y 107.9 FM’s Leaderboard Series, he sought to instil in the youth the need for persistence aiming at success and refusing to let limitations hold them back. He noted that he was refused a banking job because he had no knowledge in the financial sector but had to persist and improve on himself, leading to his becoming a part of the CAL Bank success story.

The banker indicated that he never regretted that moment in his life because he was able to take advantage of it to make him who he currently is.

“I went for an interview at Merchant bank and I was shortlisted along with one other person. But the job was given to the other individual. And when I inquired why, they said, ‘well he did economics, you did geography, so once he did well on the interview we are not going to employ you. During this time, I started applying for Masters Programs in the US and also at the University of Ghana. I applied for an MBA course and that is how I got into finance,” he told Rev Erskine.

Mr. Adu used the opportunity to advise the youth to keep on improving themselves, grab any advantage they get, noting that nothing in this world is granted on a silver platter. “Take from the person whom you’re understudying or working with, the good sides.

You must also be smart as an individual, understand when to make a move if you have to. Humility, as far as I’m concerned, is one of the best attributes you can offer.”

The renowned banker sharing lessons learnt from his thirty years working at CAL Bank Limited motioned that those years spent at CAL Bank were “glorious years that taught [him] the complexities of human life and some valuable life lessons.

He stated, “I learnt about commitment and perseverance. Work can only be done effectively and efficiently when […]

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