There’s no doubt Edgar Lungu’s leadership of this country has been disastrous.
Edgar was not ready to lead and was made leader by very selfish and greedy people who sought to use him to achieve personal ends.
They thought by putting a weak person in charge of presidency they would easily control him. But what they didn’t know was that there can be no puppet president.
And now the Patriotic Front can’t even stop his third term bid. They don’t agree with it but can’t cough for fear of being sorted out.
They know very well that Edgar’s continued leadership is not only bad for the country but also for the Patriotic Front. But they can’t voice their opposition to his third term bid.
And Harry Kalaba is right when he says that the moment we allow Edgar to continue beyond 2021, we might as well close this country because it will be in freefall.
Edgar has destroyed the values, principles and standards on which this country was founded.
“…he has betrayed the very fundamentals he shouldn’t betray. The current leadership is broken,” says Kalaba.
There are two sides to leadership. On the positive side, great leaders can make a big difference in a country. They can inspire others to share a vision and to work together to achieve great things for themselves and their country. On the negative side, there’s corruption and other abuses
that come with leadership roles. So, when someone corrupt attains a leadership role, they are reluctant to give it up.
Unfortunately, the behaviours that people may engage in to hold onto a leadership role once they have it can undermine the effectiveness of the country.
A leader will have to set a good example for others to follow. That is where a leader’s commitment,
passion, empathy, honesty and integrity come into play. Good communication skills and decision-making capabilities also play a vital role in success and failure of a leader.
Edgar is not a leader whose example one can in any way follow. Should one follow his example in drinking?
Should one follow Edgar’s example in enriching himself in the shortest time?
Should one follow his example in abuses of power – the police, electoral processes, the courts?
Should one follow Edgar’s example in cruelty towards political opponents?
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
Good leaders must lead by example. By walking one’s talk, one becomes a person others want to follow. When leaders say one thing but do another, they erode trust – a critical element of productive leadership.
You don’t lead people by what you say to them; you lead them by what they see you do. True leaders are self-leaders.
Leadership is an art expressed by the demonstration of character worthy of imitation, emulation and inspiration. It is neither a title nor a position.
Edgar should practice what he preaches and let people learn from him.
The leader’s job is to show the way. The bottom line is that one can’t tell anything about the condition of the way if one has not travelled on it himself.
Leaders show examples. They have something to offer and they’ll offer it by the process of how they got it. Anyone who has no examples to show may not lead better.
Edgar has failed to be the light and source of inspiration that others see.
Leadership crises erupt when people who have not learnt how to obey instructions are given the privilege to give commands. Leaders are experienced servants.