Selfish leaders

Pilgrim Wesleyan Church national superintendent Bishop Alfred Kalembo says it will be difficult to see national development if those privileged in life continue embracing the spirit of selfishness.

Bishop Kalembo says Zambia is in a mess today because majority of the citizens are selfish.

He says this was the reason why whoever had the privilege to be in an influential position concentrated on pocketing resources instead of helping others.

Bishop Kalembo urged Zambians to do away with the selfish attitude if the country was to develop.

He says only when people lived selfless lives would they open doors of help to others.

In the human society, sometimes there is no assigned leader in a unit, such as a leaderless team.
When there is a leader, the person usually occupies the higher position in the hierarchy and possesses more resources (both tangible and intangible), including but not limited to, a safer habitat, admiration of followers, psychological leverage to act on their own will and a sense of entitlement. As the rank of hierarchy grants leader lopsided influence over resources, the drive for monopolistic control induces selfish decisions, just like Lord Acton’s famous saying, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

However, leaders are not always selfish. How a powerful person exercises the benefits of his or her position depends on the interplay between one’s psychological traits and the situation. Although most leaders facilitate achieving group goals, when a leader’s position is not secure and he or she has a strong motive to show dominance (which reflects an approach in which individuals value orders, attain and use power via force, and selfishly manipulate group resources), the leader prioritises his or her own desires over group success.

What do these insecure and dominant leaders do? When their power is unstable (for example, a leader is replaceable if he or she does not achieve designated goals), dominant leaders withhold valuable information from their groups, exclude skilled group members from discussion and assign skilled members to less influential roles. These behaviours are partly due to the desire to protect their position.

Scientific evidence shows that it is human nature to act selfishly to protect one’s status. But there is a price! Next time when you feel upset because of having less power, think it this way: while the powerful people focus on protecting their personal wealth, they are sacrificing something more important: respect, valuable followers and perhaps the chance to prosper timelessly.

Leaders are driven to succeed. It’s a necessary quality that moves society forward that finds solutions to problems, and improves our quality of life. However, as with anything, that drive can be too extreme and too self-focused.

Who are you serving in your drive to succeed?
Your motives determine your leadership style.
If you are achieving great success, you may feel your motives are irrelevant. What difference does it make if your success is self-focused or others-focused? From a distance, the results may look the same, but to those who are close to you, the chasm is enormous.

Personal experiences and lots of research have shown that motives make a huge difference in finding fulfilment in your success.

Good leaders will love to be poor and see their people rich, than to be rich and see their people poor. This is their mission.

There are many types of leaders in the world. Some of those leaders are selfish and driven by ambition, so they definitely do not belong in leadership. These types of leaders portray someone they are not in order to get the things that they want and need from other people.

In a nutshell, selfish leaders commonly fake who they are. They can be well-mannered and likeable leaders because they are good at manipulating people. They want it all for themselves and they will go to extreme actions to get it.

However, these leaders fall into their own traps sooner or later. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.”

Since selfish leaders excel at manipulating people, it may be hard to identify them. However, these types of leaders are exposed to who they truly are by their own words and actions as they can’t keep up with their lies.

You must pay close attention to identify selfish leaders because they exist everywhere, in politics, business, education, entertainment, and in every part of society. They are very astute to do evil things in subtle ways; this is one of their main traits.

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