“To convert somebody, go and take them by the hand and guide them,” Thomas Aquinas (medieval scholar).
My itch, Thomas does adeptly describe. The decision to take leadership is not one for the faint-hearted. Be forewarned, many pitfalls lie ahead. You will encounter cynics of magnanimous dimensions. Naysayers will line your rough path, baying for your blood.
But it is your choice to take action that drives you and those around you from mediocrity and are into excellence regurgitated. To lead is a verb; it is action brought to life. In fact, its definition is to “cause (a person or animal) to go with one by holding them by the hand, a halter, a rope, etc., while moving forward.”
A cancer that recurs across Africa is not leadership but the lack thereof. There are far too many people in high positions. The majority of these I would not refer to as “leaders”, as a leader takes “the initiative in an action; an example for others to follow.” Most cling to power that deceives them that they are leaders, while in real sense they lead their constituents astray.
However, solutions to Africa’s woes will only be resolved on the continent. “You Lazy (Intellectual) African Scum!” is a soul grabber. We will have to pull ourselves out of the quagmire by our very own bootstraps. We have to own our problems, for us to appreciate the necessary solutions.
Like a shepherd, leadership requires you to be at the forefront, at the helm. Your followers expect you to scout for opportunities, while at the same time being on the lookout for danger and obstacles. Your followers expect your guidance to capitalize on the opportunities, and provide solutions to the danger and obstacles.
Are you just talking or getting things done? Are you part of the solution, or the arm that perpetuates problems? What are you doing to bring about a positive change?
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest of souls, the most massive characters are seamed with scars…” E.H. Chaplin
Be the change that matters…