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Issue 539/ 26th May - 01st June 2012
Leaders Are Made, They Are Not Born
Leadership is the energetic process of getting other people fully and willingly committed to a new course of action. The visible signs of leadership are expressed ultimately in its practice and performance. Leadership is lifting a person’s visions to higher sights, building a personality beyond its normal limitations.
All great leaders know that their prime irresponsibility is cultivating their own discipline and personal growth. A belief and a condition of the heart plus a learned behavior, within the grasp of many, and not just few, are the essential components. To a leader both compassion and passion go hand in hand. .
There are many things a leader has to do. First, he must determine the main goals and visions and take the lead in communicating them to others. He must motivate people. He must take personal responsibility for all major actions or decisions that profoundly affect the nation, the society, organization, peer and so on. It is thus about having a unique vision, making strategic choices and designing and enabling an organization to get the job done. We call this leadership process, the 4 E”S
Leadership starts with having a vision, then developing a plan to achieve. It is a noble challenge. In all cases, a vision of the future is the key to getting started as a leader.
Leadership means creating enabling mechanisms to encourage the right kind of action. This entails choosing the right people to the right positions at the right time.
Empowering the people is very essential to a leader. The leader must give his staff the freedom to take responsibility for getting the job done and hold them mutually accountable.
A leader must energize the people to act. This usually involves expressing the visions in the a “plan”, which builds understanding and the desire for actions. A good leader inspires others with confidence in him; a great leader inspires the people with confidence in themselves.
This includes the following traits.
* A leader must have courage. The majority of leaders fail to achieve the quality of leadership they seek because they are shackled by their own fears. Courage is the will to take actions and make decisions, not only at easy times but even at hard times, in order to turn crises into opportunities.
* Confidence is the unshakable belief in oneself. It is the self-doubt that limits the weak leader; it is his reaction to that self-doubt. Confidence allows a leader to keep trying until he performs better.
* A leader should have the capacity for intense concentration. The two parts of concentration are – persistence, the most important determining factor in in a leader’s success, and focus or the ability to stay on track.
* A leader should have passion for what he does and what he believes in. He should be consistently enthusiastic, upbeat, pragmatic, optimistic, and articulate. .
* A leader must have a strong sense of value if he is to succeed in the long run. Values help one determine who he can count on, how people will react in given situations and whom he wants as sage counsel.
The moral of this article is that Sillanyo does not have any of above qualities. His political approaches are the mechanical movements of hit-and-miss management, coupled with bias and prejudices. The wonderment is how could a man with no noble qualities lead a nation aright. Sillanyo does not even have the capacity to grow, for age is ailing him.
By Jama Falaag
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia