May I ask a stupid question?

May I ask a stupid question?

What is a leader?

After so many issues I have found  myself wondering if what we understand of leaders is what actually what leaders are meant to be.

Or maybe I should be asking those who lead or claim to be leaders if they understand what being leaders means?

This is what I understand about leaders.

Servanthood
Until one has learnt to serve I do not believe that they can lead. Servant hood teaches one humility and to be willing  to serve and achieve gratification from service.

Definition of servant in English:
noun
A person who performs duties for others, especially a person employed in a house on domestic duties or as a personal attendant.
http://www.thefreedictionary.com

From the above we learn that a servant performs duties for others.  So it follows that if leaders are going to be good leaders they will first have to learn servant hood.

Sacrifice
I have keenly followed certain issues in the political sphere and when most persons are ejected from key leadership positions they find it difficult to accept the loss.

But why should people fight so hard not to lose the mantle of servant hood?

Or the fight is actually not to lose master hood?

Vision

the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.

This one takes the trophy. Leadership comes with an ABILITY. The absence of this ability actually is what disables nations.

When leaders lack the ability to admit and accept limitations it is not only them that suffer but all those they lead.

Someone says if we fail to plan we basically PLAN to fail. Leaders who have no articulate vision have no sound plan. They are basically a run away train bound to run out of steam and derail or run head on to the oncoming train.

Planning provides for sidings, more locomotion and detours to avoid danger and lack of planning plunges everyone headlong to these precipices.

Lastly, vision has the FUTURE in mind. It has our children in mind . It has the legacy of the future generations in mind.

Vision is not selfish. After running the gauntlet, visionary leaders think of the future. They perceive what better things tomorrow should be and accept that servant hood implies being able to impart the vision to the others to successfully complete what their service started.

So what are we ?

What do we have?

Leaders or bleeders?

To be continued.

my monologues (6)

Leading starts from seeing. The adage is correct that speaks of the blind not being able to lead the blind. The major encumbrance here is the lack of sight. Eyes lead the body by projecting to the mind what they see and perceive in front of them.

So, one who will lead is the one with open eyes. Open eyes come with an open vision while blank minds have eyes but no processing ability hence no vision and therefore no proper leadership can be derived from such a state.

So, who is going to lead? And how are they going to take the lead? Is being at the front leadership? Is seeing things first leadership? What shall, or what must we see that will make leaders of us? Can one lead without allowing to be led?

I am convinced that whatever mantle leaders carry it does not entitle them to eat first. It does not allow them to devour the homes of widows and to ravish orphans. I am convinced that leaders would rather be threadbare than hold court over naked subjects. I know leaders would rather have bread and water and ensure that every one has at least a meal a day. Leadership starts with selflessness and selfish frontrunners cannot claim to be leaders.

Leadership is stewardship. A mantle that is more of a yoke than a necklace or bow-tie. A stewardship that calls one to take everyone’s worries to bed and hope to wake up with a solution tomorrow. Stewardship is servant hood. Servants eat when the master is done and has retired. So do we have leaders?

Leadership has rewards. Passing a vision to others and seeing them achieve milestones through your marshaling is the greatest reward. So what do we call front-runners who have vision but use it to reward themselves before their impact those behind them? Not leaders, maybe front running opportunists.

I believe the leadership realm has been overrun by opportunists who ran with the gap when the real leaders were hesitant. The pendulum has to shift. Leaders who seek to be gods cannot be leaders.  After so many years why are we still selecting leaders via political affiliation? Why is ethnicity still the calibrating mark?

We cannot triumph without being marshaled. Those who marshal cannot be proper generals without vision so I insist only those who see beyond tribe, nepotism, affiliation etc. are good enough to be stewards under the mantle of leadership. So may the leaders stand up!