Black People : THE DUTIES OF A LEADER...

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  1. Aqil

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    Leaders are people who raise the standards by which they judge themselves, and by which they are willing to be judged. The goal chosen, the objective selected, the requirements imposed, are not merely for their followers alone. They develop with consummate energy and devotion their own skill and knowledge in order to reach the standards they themselves have set. His whole-hearted acceptance of the demands imposed by ever-higher standards is the basis of all human progress. A love of high quality, we must remember, is essential in a leader.

    Dependability is another requirement in a leader. To be dependable is to be willing to accept responsibility, and to carry it out faithfully. A leader will always be willing to take counsel from his people, but will often have to act on what his own mind tells him is right. This demands that the leader has trained himself out of any inordinate fear of making mistakes.

    To embark successfully on a career involving leadership demands a courageous and determined spirit. Once a person has decided upon his life work, and is assured that in doing the work for which he is best endowed and equipped, he is filling a vital need. What he then needs is faith and integrity, coupled with a courageous spirit, so that – no longer preferring himself to the fulfillment of his task – he may address himself to the problems he must solve in order to be effective.

    One mark of the great leader is that he feels sufficiently secure to devote his thought and attention to the well being of his subordinates and the perfection of his task, rather than being constantly worried about the approval or disapproval of others.

    He who would be a leader must pay the price in self-discipline and moral restraint. This entails the correction and improvement of personal character, and the checking of passions and desires, and an exemplary control of one’s bodily needs and drives. Leaders have to submit themselves to a stricter self-discipline, and develop a more exemplary moral character than is expected of others. To be first in place, one must be first in merit as well.

    It should not surprise us then, to find that the greater number of acknowledged leaders have been people who trained themselves in the art of discipline and obedience. He who has not learned to render prompt and willing service to others will find it difficult to win and keep the goodwill and cooperation of his subordinates.

    Furthermore, a leader must possess initiative, which is the creative ability to think in new ways and do new things. The leader has to always stay ahead. He cannot afford to set up a procedure, and then fold his hands and linger lazily watching it work. He cannot be content merely to see new trends and take advantage of them. He must keep his imagination vividly alive, so as to originate ideas and start trends.

    (A word of warning is in order here. To help one’s subordinates or dependents at the cost of harm to the public is tantamount to sacrilege and blasphemy. It is unfortunate that many in positions of leadership – both great and small – have been found guilty of such practices.)

    A good leader is devoted to his work and will willingly forego even the demands of sleep to see its accomplishment. This does not mean that he is impetuous. On the other hand, he maintains a balance between emotional drive and sound thinking. His labors, which sometimes appear excessive, derive from his firm realization that unless a man undertakes more than he can possibly do, he will never be able to do all he can do. It is his enthusiasm that stimulates his energy.

    No matter what our point of departure in speaking of leadership, we reach the inescapable conclusion that the art of leadership consists in the ability to make people want to work for you, when they are really under no obligation to do so.

    The true leader is one who realizes by faith that he is an instrument in the hands of God, and dedicates himself to be a guide and inspirer of the nobler sentiments and aspirations of the people. He will kindle interest, teach, aid, correct and inspire. Those whom he leads will cooperate with him in maintaining discipline for the good of the group. He will instruct his followers which to strive, and create in them a sense of mutual effort for attaining the goal.


    (Excerpted from a speech by Emperor Haile Selassie I in 1959.)
     
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    Powerful words indeed...and a great gauge of leadership...
     
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    theirs great power in this piece of info.....
    we all need to know the true truth of leadership
    and the standard it pose ...
    thanks for this here
     
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    Excellent message, Aqil. Thank you!

    :) :heart:
     
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    One mark of the great leader is that he feels sufficiently secure to devote his thought and attention to the well being of his subordinates and the perfection of his task, rather than being constantly worried about the approval or disapproval of others...

    (Haile Selassie)
     
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    He who would be a leader must pay the price in self-discipline and moral restraint. This entails the correction and improvement of personal character, and the checking of passions and desires, and an exemplary control of one’s bodily needs and drives. Leaders have to submit themselves to a stricter self-discipline, and develop a more exemplary moral character than is expected of others. To be first in place, one must be first in merit as well...

    (Haile Selassie)
     
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    Your welcome NNQueen...^5
     
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    Excellent portrait of a leader [or for that matter, come to think of it, those who follow the leader, since they may well find themselves thrust into that position without warning].

    The traitorous leaders of Africa's past [and present....in whom the seeds of deception must have been planted long before they were made leaders] could have done well to read that excerpt.
    Then again maybe some of them did.
    At any rate, it probably wouldn't have made any difference to the spiritless leeches.

    Greed is insatiable and those consumed by it, unable to see.

    Peace and Love.


    "A man who is blinded by greed is not only given to corruption, intrigue and exploitation of others, but worst of all, he casts himself in the position of "friend fighting against friend, father fighting against son," finally becoming no better than an animal".

    General Choi, Hong Hi.

    Sums up the aforementioned leaders nicely IMO.
     
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    True dat, Bro. uzoka...which is why we must have high people in high places...no more spiritless leeches...:) There has never been a group of people that accomplished anything without a leader. People without a leader are just like sheep without a shepherd...
     
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    As a child I used to play a game called "follow the leader." Can someone be a leader if no one is following? To lead is to guide and show the way. To lead means someone has garnered the respect of others, is out in front and is being followed by those who support and agree with them. Are followers as important as leaders? I believe so. Leaders and followers have a symbiotic (I believe that's the right word) relationship. In other words, they need each other because they each play a significant role in their relationship.

    As Blacks, some say we don't need leaders, we can achieve what we want if each of us "pulls our weight". But in spite of that, true leaders will always manage to rise to the surface. They can't be kept down or remain quiet for long. What's important to know is that not everyone who claims to be a leader is one. Fancy titles and positions don't make people leaders. Wealth and political power doesn't make you a leader. All those things do is make you a person in charge and that's not the same. Maybe those that currently claim to be or are being promoted as such, are part of the problem instead of the solution. This is why the people who are willing to follow someone, needs to be sure they are following the right person.

    Although Haile Selassie's description of a leader is gender specific to men, I believe that women can be leaders as well. Leadership has no gender boundaries which has been proven throughout history.
     
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