What is our interest in leadership?

06 October 2020 | Opinion

Wanting to become a leader and make decisions on everyone’s behalf is a tight rope to walk.

It’s a sensitive and sacred space to occupy, although the majority of leaders have absolutely no idea of how powerful their impacts can be – whether positive or negative.

If an individual’s life becomes easier after assuming leadership duties, instead of becoming harder, that person is failing badly.

Ahead of this November’s election, cutthroat antics have been set in motion.

There are those wanting to lay their hands on leadership positions at all costs – even if it means their opponent getting run over by a municipal bus and dying at the scene so that contestation is less intense.

Instead of accruing demigod titles such as ‘honourable’ or ‘her worship’, leaders must endure the discomfort that comes with the terrain of leadership.

Selfless leadership can be painful. It takes thinking less of ourselves and more of others, which is not our natural tendency as sinful human beings.

Comfort should be reserved for those being led; after all, leadership is about finding solutions to issues affecting those being led.

The past five years have been scandalous insofar as leadership is concerned. Councillors have dominated headlines for unsavoury reasons. Fist fights, drunken drinking, stock theft… You name it.

But where is servitude in this thick haystack of controversies? To lead is to serve; nothing more, nothing less.

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