Who are the Followers and Who are the Leaders
Followers: A follower is always less concerned about the consequence of his action. He pays little or no attention to those that may be looking at him for direction, but rather he does everything selfishly. He speaks in public without considering the intensity of his words. He declares things, forgetting that he is supposed to be a role model.
Followers know that their actions are wrong at times, yet put in no effort to correct their wrongdoings. They know that the consequences of their actions can be very brutal to them, but they show no remorse. A follower knows that his children are likely to follow in his footsteps, but he gives little thought to the consequences. He takes the attitude of “I alone”, yet he does little to better his life or to further the abilities of others to live a good quality life.
In summary, a follower will never see himself as a leader of himself or leader of others no matter his position, so he acts un-considerably, out of emotions and personal interests. He secures his selfish desires and fights others from coming close to his position.
He is always haunted by the fear of completing his tenure in whichever position he is because he knows that it was a rare privilege and he may never return to the position again. A follower is always the exact opposite of a genuine leader; a leader who manifests changes void of emotions
Leaders: A leader is not selfish; he is not myopic in his thoughts, he is focused and mature. A leader reasons faster than his followers yet listens to their opinions. He analyzes critics and utilizes them as an opportunity to act better.
He looks for a way to enhance the living conditions of his followers, so that they may be contented. He willingly accepts the responsibility of leadership, but he avoids being personal with his position in totality. He foresees the future before anyone else does, and he understands the needs of his followers.
A Leader does not need to shed the blood of innocent people to attain positions, instead, he is chosen by the people to serve them. A leader does not play with opportunities, because he is certain that when an Opportunity is lost, it can never be regained.
The qualities of a leader are self-respect, patience, focus, learning, respect for others, consideration in decision making, ability to turn challenges into opportunities, must have human feelings, must be resourcefulness, outspokenness, and above all, he must have fear of God.
A leader must be able to personally decide a path to follow and then works out the path. He must be able to withstand challenges and make meaningful from them in order to become the person he strives to be. He must be focused enough to pursue a course that he knows is important to the accomplishment of goals. He should be able to reason beyond the present, and far into the future, and also makes adequate provisions to take him to where he wants to be.
He must recognize that he has been given the mandate to influence the people, and as such he should utilize it wisely by influencing them positively. A true leader actively leads his life, and in so he provides leadership by example to others. How many such leaders do we have in our community today? Just be sincere with yourself.
Influential Leadership versus Positional Leadership
It will be very important to know the relationship between the two leadership concepts above relating to how it is practiced in our community. Applying the influential concept of leadership, you will understand that those who provide leadership by example are those who are promoted or pushed into leadership positions by those they have influenced.
The positional concept on the other hand is the exact opposite of the influential concept; it posits that most people ascend to leadership positions because of their familial or positional connections. Most times, this class of people ascends positions with an agreement of being loyalists to those that help them get to the leader of the citizens in order to bring benefits to themselves.
Those sets of people are often godfathers. They almost certainly dictate the decisions of such leaders. Positional leaders are like servants to the so-called godfathers, and they may not be able to do anything out of their wishes.
Those set of leaders is hardly followed willingly or confidently by the people. They never satisfy the desires of their followers and as such, they are never truly acknowledged as “great” “honoured” “respected” “noble” “admired” or “worthy” leaders.
Finally, I will leave with you, that no person who has a burning positive desire and potential, who has a productive influence and is actively pursuing a reasonable and achievable goal, has ever failed to be elevated to a greater position at some point in time. The position may not be the highest, but with time, that position will provide a platform for him to move into higher positions.
Listen carefully, almost all our leaders in our community today are positional leaders applying the positional concept of leadership. Most of them were not chosen by the people to be their representatives. Rather, they forcefully imposed themselves on the people.
There are many true leaders who are not thirsty for power, who are not desperate to be acknowledged leaders, yet contribute their best to see that their people are elevated.
Those set of people achieved personal greatness with sincere efforts and struggles, unlike some of our so-called leaders who employed all negative means available to become rich and later turned around to impose themselves as leaders on the people.
All those that have sincerely achieved personal greatness will become influential leaders someday, perhaps not immediately but eventually. Perhaps not with a dramatic rise on the violence ladder, but certainly in the greater fabric of their socio-cultural and spiritual milieu.
Their personal energy, dreams, hard work, humility, and sincerity acts like a magnet that attracts others to follow in their footsteps, encouraging them to emulate their attitude to sign up for their course, align themselves with their parties, to associate with their concerns and to spend time in their presence.
Those who follow such people may fully know or recognize that they are following them nonetheless, they are following, they are being influenced positively and as a result, they are being led.
Questions to Youths of Now are Days
It’s very unfortunate that most of our youths are victims of the situation on the ground. They are being used as tools of destruction and later they end up destroying themselves. They often acknowledge some “fake” people leaders, (people who cannot even lead their own lives) without even knowing the worth of the title “leader”.
I want you to understand that the youths are the engine room of every community, we are still very young and possess enough energy to change every wrong in our community if only we have the zeal to. We can only be used for destruction if we choose to be used, as much as we can also act the other way round and be used for development if only we know that it’s the best.
Knowing full well now that violence yields no positive results after we have practiced it for years, then why not let’s try the other way round, and wisely utilize our energies on better things that can develop community and take us to greater heights? Evaluate these positive points:
Isn’t it time for me to realize that I have been created unique, inferior to none? Isn’t it time to understand that I have a destiny to fulfill and a name to protect?
Isn’t it time to know that I have a future to live for and great potentials that am yet to activate or actualize? Isn’t it time for me to turn around now and pursue my own course of existence?
- It is time for me to admit that my existence has an active influence on other people and that to some extent I am a role model to the younger ones who are coming behind me. It is time to direct and reinvest my precious energies into productive and positive things, so that in the end, I may portray a positive image and thus, influence others positively.
- It is time to take full responsibility for who I am and take charge of my actions. To sow seeds that I will be willing to reap tomorrow. It is time for me to choose to lead my life as I live it, and use my time judiciously by doing what I know will be best for me, rather than being led by others to fulfill their personal desires.