The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You cant blow an uncertain trumpet – Theodore M. Hesburgh.
From the above words, one can see clearly what the true essence of leadership is about- vision. Little wonder Jesus Christ says in the Bible that when a blind leads another blind, they are both headed for the ditch. What does this mean?
Already established is the fact that a leader needs a vision to be able to lead his followers if he has any intentions of going far. What then makes an individual worthy to be a leader? Yes, in most forms of government, the major ways employed in choosing a leader is either by election or by an appointment but this in no way qualifies that individual for the post and neither does it guarantee that the person would do the right thing or take the right decisions.
If truth be told, leadership isnt based on the qualification one has or the age neither the gender because it is way more than that. True leadership should be earned over time.
A true leader is known by the character that he or she possesses rather than the office or post he or she holds. What this means is that even if a person was made a president, it doesnt necessarily mean that the person is fit for the post. A common man can be a more befitting candidate than the president because of the characters he possesses. Such person would be humble, be a man of integrity, and have a selfless attitude toward the others. He would think of them first before himself, making sure that he carries them all in the activities and progress of his administration.
A leader that is given a post perhaps after bribing his way through or by getting his hands dirty is not worthy to be called a leader. These are the set of people that thinks of themselves first rather than considering their followers. This makes the leadership go bad at the end of the day.
Also, sometimes leadership doesnt have anything to do with experience. Sometimes, its the exposure the person in question lacks that matters. This is why more often than none, we experience disappointment when the supposed elderly ones with wisdom dont exercise good judgement when they are assume a leadership post.
At the end of the day, what makes a good leader is the attributes the leader possess. This is evident in the lives of leaders like Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King among others. They all have one thing in common irrespective of their nationality, race or gender – they all did what was best for the benefit of their people. Although, it came with a lot of challenges and obstacles, they were able to overcome. Thats what true leadership is all about – what youre willing to give and not what youre able to get. Once every individual understands this, it makes them the right to lead.