A leadership vacuum


We do not lack people in positions of power, but we lack good leaders.


The moment a leader loses the respect for human dignity, he or she can treat people like animals
The moment a leader loses the respect for human dignity, he or she can treat people like animals

Any organisation, country, company or church is as effective and successful as its leadership.

As John C Maxwell says: “Everything rises and falls on leadership.”

Countries are battling with problems such as the economy, but the greatest problem is lack of leadership.

Results don’t lie, and we reap what we sow.

The results we see are an outcome of how we lead.

The government does not have to be all powerful, but it has to be a good servant for its citizens.

Governments have failed citizens because they have not served them, but have become more powerful than citizens.

Citizens have been fooled to think the government is above all.

True leadership is about serving.

Lack of self-control

We have grown leadership that does not fear sin.

They have all the charisma, but lack of self-control.

Leaders have fallen in love with money, sex, and lasciviousness.

It is unfortunate that this is even manifest in churches, the very arm that should be representative of good morals, justice, values, and good standards.

Lack of servitude

Great leadership is not having power over people, but the ability to influence them positively through serving them.

There are many people in leadership that are power-hungry and end up using unorthodox means to hold on to power.

Instead of serving people, we walk all over and inflict pain on them.

Lack of passion or conviction

We are in dire need of leaders that have faith and conviction in the possibilities of the future.

You know, the problem is that we have leaders who want to accumulate everything, they are egocentric, self-centred and self-serving.

This is a leadership vacuum.

We are in need of leaders that have a burning desire see countries and companies succeed.

Lack emotional intelligence

The World Economic Forum (WEF), in an article titled, Why You Need Emotional Intelligence says emotional intelligence “affects how we manage behaviour, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results”.

Emotional intelligence is made up of four core skills that pair up under two primary competences: personal competence and social competence.

Personal competences comprise of self-awareness and self-management.

Social competence is made of social awareness and relationship management.

A leader could be cognitively intelligent, but that’s not enough without emotional intelligence.

A leader with emotional intelligence has empathy, sympathy, compassion and is always listening to the pains or cries of the people.

Political leadership seems to have lost the heart for people in most African States.

They are detached from the people they lead and they thrive on their pain.

Sean McPheat (2010) in his book, Emotional Intelligence says that there are three reasons why executives seem to fail: “Their inability to handle change, poor interpersonal relationships, and not being able to work with a team.”

Lack of godliness

The God of the Bible shows clearly that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

Wisdom is, therefore, not the accumulation of information we get from books, but the thoughtful application of what we have learnt.

Godliness is when integrity, cleanliness and righteousness are present in our leaders.

We need leaders that are repentant, that will turn to God, and see the need to be connected to the Father, who is the maker of everything.

With each passing day, the governments of this world seem to be taking God out of the equation, which might be the greatest mistake they are making.

Results show sin is increasing and our children are doing the unthinkable.

We need to bring back God into every sector, including education, government, media, and information.

Allowing to be ruled by a wrong person

The very painful thought comes when you know that you are ruled by a wrong person.

It’s like giving a gun to a mentally ill person and expecting to live peacefully.

Resources — human, financial and mineral — are at times in the hands of fools.

Lack of respect

Reverence of human life is core in leadership.

The moment a leader loses the respect for human dignity, he or she can treat people like animals.

Lack of planning

With a plan, we create a life we want.

Without a plan, time and change will always catch us on the wrong side.

A plan shows us where we should go and how to get there.

Country and corporate success is hinged on planning.

The difference between failure and success is planning.

Individuals are failing because they have no plan at all.

Lack effective management

Leaders have many resources at their disposal.

They either choose to manage them effectively or spend them lavishly.

Leaders have access more access to leadership instruments than other citizens and, as such, they may abuse what they have to the detriment of others.

Management includes that planning of how to use resources.

Parting Point: As you lead, have an open mind to learn, have an open heart to touch and teach others, have the wisdom to understand and execute your true mandate and have versatile intelligence to disrupt your old beliefs and embrace the future.

Jonah Nyoni is an author, success coach and certified leadership/business trainer. He is the author of Inspiration for Success and Success Within Reach. Contact details: Tel: 0772 581 918. Email: jonah@classicmail.co.za. Twitter@jonahnyoni.

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