By Zack Omondi
There comes a time when the nation is more important than an individual – goes the famous quote from the late Hon. George Saitoti. It hits noble minds with enigma when the statement is reversed. Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had neither a title nor a position. —Brian Tracy
Politics is here with us once again and many aspirants are upping up their games targeting different seats. Thrilled are noble minds, still; as to whether we will have to deal with individuals who have given heavyweight to the needs of the Moi University society in preference to that of their own. To many the statement makes no sense at all putting into consideration how the trend has always been – but the punch line holds: will we see the same thing that has always been?
President Richard Nixon of the United States of America once wrote, “The greatest leader is he/she who identifies him/herself with a cause.” Going for a docket implies that one has seen something with an aim to make it better or taking it to another level, but even to the aspirants themselves – can they comprehend the threshold standards requisite to what they are after, do they meet them, do they understand them or all that matters to them is their personal financial stability? Many friends connected to the writer have shown interest into this cycle’s political game, but the truth is that most even don’t know what they are out for – what they ought to achieve when voted into the offices.
Warren Bennis said, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality” – and so is my philosophy that I adopted on the same. As an aspirant, what do you hold in your mind and what are the laid down strategies (those that make sense) to transform them into reality. The truth is, most leaders fail to achieve this philosophy in leadership with soothing and luring sweet words on what they will do once elected – during campaigns, only to hit us back with a loud silence when they get hold of office (what they aimed for). Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself but when you become a leader, success is all about growing others —Jack Welch. As the incoming M.U.S.O Chairperson or Secretary General; ask yourself many questions, from what are your aim(s), your destiny, needs of your people and the mistakes to be corrected once in because Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard and the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. You can’t be that smart leader if you don’t embrace brilliance in your perception.
Quoting from the book of Proverbs 16:12 – It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, for a throne is established on righteousness. Every throne God founds it with righteousness, so when one goes with ill-intentions; (being what most ‘leaders’ have fabricate to be true) then woe unto thy. Foundations on great leadership should possess qualities like humility, service and integrity as the book of Psalms 78:72 concepts, “So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them with his skilful hands.” – High time for leaders to borrow a leaf from Him.
Personally, I am certain that leadership is more of sacrifice than privileges, people cheer what a great leader does on the podium but never will they realize the gravity of sacrifice that has been employed. Politics is a ‘dirty-game’ but for once why don’t we try to play it safe? Why can’t we subordinate our needs for once, for the sake of that of the society? Why don’t we dare the mighty and as leader(s) we identify ourselves with a cause? After all, God won’t give you influence if He doesn’t trust you with leadership.