Body Ministries Christian Centre Church overseer Pastor Evans Mpundu says it is important for leaders from all spheres of life to set a good example.
People truly follow only those they trust. And one of the best ways to build trust with the people one leads is to lead by example.
There’s hardly anything worse for leadership than leaders who practice the “Do as I say, not as I do” philosophy. When this happens, you can almost see the loss of enthusiasm and goodwill among those who are being led. It’s like watching the air go out of a balloon – and cynicism and disappointment usually take their place.
No matter what the situation is, double standards – witnessing people say one thing, and then doing another – always feel like a betrayal. They can be very destructive. If this ever happened to you, you can probably remember that sense of disappointment and letdown.
If you’re in a leadership position, then you know that you have a responsibility to your followers. They look to you for guidance and strength; that’s part of what being a leader is. And a big part of the responsibility of a leader is to lead with one’s own actions.
So, why is it so important to lead by example; and what happens when a leader doesn’t? A leader must make sure he or she walks the walk. A leader must not only do things right but must also do the right things.
Part of a leader’s job is to inspire the followers to push themselves to greatness. To do this, the leader must show them the way by doing it himself or herself.
Good leadership takes strength of character and a firm commitment to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason. This means doing what you say, when you say it. If your followers can’t trust you, you’ll probably never lead them to greatness. Good leaders must lead by example. By walking your talk, you become a person others want to follow. When leaders say one thing, but do another, they erode trust – a critical element of productive leadership.
How does Edgar Lungu’s leadership fit in this? What example is Edgar for those around him and the nation at large? Dununa reverse! Enriching oneself in the shortest possible time! Intolerance! Threatening political opponents all the time! Bragging about power! Arrogance! Abuse of power! Manipulation of state institutions to keep oneself in power! Corruption!