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These are not leaders; they are vampires

Chief Macha says politics in Zambia has become a drain on the Treasury instead of being a tool for development. He is right.

“The country in its current state needs leaders that can think about tomorrow and not about their bellies. Democracy is only meaningful when you have people in leadership that can think about the need for service and promote peace, unity and love for one another. People who can visualise about the future and not those looking at their bellies only,” says chief Macha.

And chief Macha wonders why the government does not want chiefs to be partisan when the Constitution allows everyone to belong to political parties of their choice.

“Are you telling me that the President is not partisan when he is also a president of a political party? These people are just arm-twisting us all. What they could have done was to say chiefs must not engage themselves in active politics, that’s all, and not say don’t be partisan when we are voters as well!”

The selfish leader will attempt to lead others for their own gain and for the detriment of others.

Selfish leadership, the sinful adjective, has been disparaged and sneered at as one of the extreme vice. When a leader acts according to his whims with little or no regard for the feelings of the people he is leading and whose interests he or she is supposed to champion, it is called as selfish leadership. Extreme selfishness can distort a leader’s ability to feel empathy for the people he or she is supposed to serve.

It is said that selfish leaders are incapable of loving the people they lead or represent. But we shouldn’t forget that as a consequence of this, they are not capable of loving themselves either.

Napolean Hill said, “Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.”

Leadership should always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity to enrich oneself.

Mollie Marti said, “A noble leader answers not to the trumpet calls of self-promotion, but to the hushed whispers of necessity…Allow the way to your great work to be guided by your service to others.”

Give a selfless service to the people you lead or represent, be nice to them. Maybe it’ll be unappreciated, unreciprocated, or ignored, but spread the selfless service, love anyway. We rise by lifting others.

Let your selflessness shine as an inspiration to others and be the reason someone believes in the selflessness of leaders.

What we have in Zambia today are not leaders but vampires sucking the blood of the suffering people they are supposed to be leading or representing. Their only discernible preoccupation is self-enrichment. Look at how quickly Edgar Lungu’s wealth, net worth has increased since becoming President! Look at how quickly his family members and ministers have become rich in the short time he has been President!

Contrast this with the growing poverty and despair among our people!

Craig Lounsbrough said, “The sacrifice ‘of’ self for the greater good is the greatest calling imaginable, and it is the bedrock of the greatest nations. The sacrifice ‘for’ self is the most pathetic calling imaginable, and it is the quicksand within which nations perish.”

The leader should be the servant of his people, and seek to uplift them and their lives.

If our leaders should recite our national anthem daily, they will develop love to serve our country better.

What would our country look like if our leaders who claim to be Christians took a cue from Christ?

“Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls,” Jesus said to those He was teaching in Matthew 11.

This verse is the only time you’ll see Christ say, “learn from Me.” This humility and selflessness is the example Jesus set for us throughout His time on earth. He made it clear to His disciples that He had come to the world “not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).

Leadership is not something simply handed down because you’ve got money, seniority or because you had enough schooling. Leadership, as Christ exemplified, is an honour and should be met with a servant’s heart.

One of the best leaders we’ve had the privilege to follow once told us, “To lead is to serve; nothing more, nothing less.”

When it came to feeding the crowds of thousands of people, Christ showed compassion, rather than sending them away. He challenged His disciples to think of the needs of the crowds rather than their own needs.

John the Baptist said it clearly in John 3:30, “He must increase and I must decrease.”

But selfless leadership has a price. Selfless leadership can be painful. It takes thinking less of yourself and more of others, which as sinful human beings is not our natural tendency.

Philippians 2:3 tells us that we should do nothing with selfish intent, but in humility we should lift up others.

“The leader must be a man who, while welcoming the friendship and support of all who can offer it, has sufficient inner resources to stand alone, even in the face of fierce opposition, in the discharge of his responsibilities,” Oswald Sanders said in his book ‘Spiritual Leadership’.

The Lord made it clear that if we want to be like Christ, we must ready to to experience pain.

Selflessness is all about strength, and it’s not for the faint of heart.

Whether you deserve it or not, it often will come to that – that’s part of becoming a Christ-like leader. It can be very lonely at the top, but that’s serving like Christ served.

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