Who is an authentic leader?
11 September 2020 | Columns
Darkness is the absence of light, and truth can never be hidden.
It is at this juncture that one should know the authentic leader, the true leader, by him or her coming out of the darkened room, as well as from the world of illusion.
A leader is someone who serves and leads his or her people without betrayal or the denial of truth. To be an authentic leader, one should be loyal and ready to serve the interests of their people.
He or she should be ready to receive criticism and labels, so long as they come out victorious. A leader does don't play favouritism or defend individuals or agencies that perpetrate unjustifiable actions, but balances the service rendered to their people and society. In other words, a leader should be a leader for all people, despite political, religious and racial affiliation.
One cannot be a leader if he or she is not a responsible citizen, and does not have their people at heart, because this leads to negligence and an 'I don't care' mentality. A leader must be able to sympathise with the afflicted, the downtrodden, and listens to their people's cries and exuberant moments.
Only a few individuals possess the qualities of leadership. If societies really have good leaders/leadership, then there wouldn't be people crying of hunger, about self-enrichment, injustice, poverty, unemployment, favouritism, corruption and a lack of land to settle on, as shelter is a basic need even in Maslow's hierarchy. However, there is no effect without a cause; therefore, this is a clear indication that people are not treated fairly/equally, with leaders turning their backs and becoming deaf, and failing to be a voiceless for the voiceless.
Thus, the emphasis is that one should be possess and implement the good qualities of a leader. They should be ambassadors for their societies and should have true words in their mouths, as well as wisdom, understanding, humility and unfathomable love. If we happen to have such leaders, what a wonderful society are we are going to have! For those who are serving unjustly and are hiding the truth, they must know there is time for everything, and that their time is running out.
The tears of the afflicted and downtrodden are seen and heard.
*Modestus H is a philosopher and activist from Omuthiya