Reflection on Leadership
By: Moshood Muhammed
Has anyone ever wondered what a free society would have been like? Are you thinking of what leadership entails? What does leadership even means to you? This is for you.
When Adam and Eve were created in the beginning of the world, God made Adam the head and by extension humans above all other creations. This is the anatomy of leadership.
The decision of the most supreme being underscores the importance, indispensability and inevitability of leadership in the societies of the world. Management of general affairs, conducts of people, regulations and other resources will lead to unending crisis without the position of a leader or leadership.
The concept of leadership has evolved overtime; philosophers, scholars and thinkers have come up with different postulations and explanations of what leadership represents, its organs and workability. Premised on this, the system of leadership differs from a society and environment to another.
Regardless of the shape a leadership may take, it is important to note and take to fore that certainly, a particular individual or group of persons take charge of affairs of a particular setting.
Purposeful, responsible and responsive leadership is the hallmark of representation. The people or the led deserve accountability and transparency, without which abuse of power, anarchy, impunity and corruption would be as good as to have taken centre stage.
Many who are in leadership positions today see it as opportunity to take advantage of the ‘vulnerable’ followers. It is essentially necessary to point out that the notion that there is always a beginning and an end is nothing but the truth.
While you hold sway in a leadership, every reasonable leaders must bear in mind that it can’t be all rosy, that is why I’ve continued to say that leadership is not just position or opportunity to relax, amass wealth and or possibly wield unnecessary influence but a call for action of service delivery. This suffices that every leadership position comes with its ‘enourmous’ responsibilities.
It is therefore imperative for all those who are in positions to know that it can never be a easy task, just as it is usually not an all-comer affairs. Leadership simply infers hardship.
While only a few may perform well while in position of leadership, others have on the other side perform below par. That is undoubtedly what life is, anyway.
Whichever way one falls, however, there is always a ‘reward’. If you buy your way through people and court of public opinion, you can never escape the court of conscience and posterity.
A leader who wishes to lead successfully must be ready to be all-embracing, accept advises, take his or her stand without fear or favour and shun the mischief of hailers and praise singers. You can’t be a good leader without being able to make the right and yielding decisions.
Meanwhile, it is important to note that whether for good or bad, every leader and leadership shall be remembered. What do you or your leadership want to be remembered for? What you will be remembered for is dependent on what you stand for, the problems you are able to solve it those berthed by you.
Nothing is certainly hidden. Whatever you do while in power will count for or against you later. History hunts; have a scan of the society and you will confirm this in affirmative.