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IN THE CORRIDOR OF POWER LESSONS OF HUMILITY: WHY LEADERS FAIL

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IN THE CORRIDOR OF POWER LESSONS OF HUMILITY: WHY LEADERS FAIL Governance is regarded as one of the hardest of tasks. It involves the harnessing of resources, particularly human resources that is regarded as the most difficult aspect of management. In the corridor of power in both the public or private sectors, you will come across the proud. Conversely, you will encounter the humble. You will meet liars; and contrariwise, you will see the honest human being doing the work according to stipulated requirements, to the best of his or her ability. You will meet with sycophants, whose stock in trade is to manipulate the system to their advantage. You will meet the truthful human being, who is every so often unconcerned about the intrigues woven in the system to devour, but forges ahead with good conscience. Very noticeable are influence peddlers who are in the system to scheme and take advantage of situations, without due regard for the overall good of all. All abound in all segments of the society; even in places of worship. It is to be noted that the theoretical aspect of conducting government and private business at all levels is enormously different from practical; hence the best cynic or critic might not be a good manager, or good corporate governor. A former president of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano once noted that ‘’Several people suddenly change their attitudes, while their human relations dip considerably upon attaining top leadership positions, and positions of influence. ‘’Such leaders do not readily admit that they have weaknesses and are infallible. ‘’Weaknesses of such leaders include arrogance and distancing themselves from their subordinates that they are supposed to lead by example, operating the autocratic style, that also breeds hypocrisy, sycophancy, and complacency, as a result of the ‘’know it all attitude, employment of wrong tactics in managing human resources, looking down on other people, and lack of emotional intelligence.’’ Chissano, a Year 2007 winner of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s inaugural $5 million Prize for Achievement in African Leadership ostensibly spoke from experience. I am also in a position to speak from experience having acquired some experiences in governance. Leadership is an asset and an endowment that is freely given; but has to be developed to the best of the ability of the official concerned, in accordance with nature and nurture. Power could be intoxicating to the leader/head. From the foregoing, it could…

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