Jack Kalala says no one in the current government, including President Edgar Lungu, has the capacity to lead the country.
Kalala says if it were in China, Edgar would not even qualify to be district commissioner.
“There’s no merit in these people, in my view, starting from the President. I don’t think the President, if he was in China where they follow meritocracy, he would even hold the position of DC. I don’t think so. He will not be near the corridor of leadership. So, China has developed not by miracle, by chance or something, no. So, it’s the type of leaders that we have. We will try to do whatever we can to say no, the country will change, it will not change… Now, if you look at the composition, the leadership composition of PF, I don’t think those people have got the capacity to implement democracy; they don’t. They are not there for governing this country, no. It’s an opportunity for them to enrich themselves. To them it’s an opportunity to put money in their pockets; to fill up their pockets with money. You see, they don’t understand why they should do that, why they are in government,” says Kalala.
He’s got a point. They have not paid sufficient attention to the question of leadership.
Quality leadership is a precondition for economic and social development.
How leaders structure and direct a nation as well as how they behave are critical elements to the progress of a country.
To lead a poor country in the 21st century requires one to have a vision and being able to see into the future.
We need leaders who have a clear, exciting idea of where they are going and what they are trying to accomplish and are excellent at strategic planning.
Having a clear vision turns the leader into a special type of leader. This quality of vision changes a leader into a revolutionary or transformational leader.
In today’s cruel and greedy world, it takes a lot of courage to champion the interests of the majority poor. And as such, courage becomes the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend.
Having courage means that the leader is willing to take risks in the achievement of the goals set with no assurance of success. Because there is no certainty in life, every commitment a leader makes and every action a leader takes entails a risk of some kind.
And with integrity, a leader has nothing to fear, since he has nothing to hide. With integrity, a leader will do the right thing. There’s need for complete honesty in everything a leader does. The core of integrity is truthfulness.
Integrity requires that the leader always tells the truth, to all people, in every situation. Truthfulness is the foundation quality of the trust that is necessary for the progress of any nation.
Leading poor people calls for a lot of humility.
The more a leader can contain his ego, the more realistic he can be about his problems. He learns how to listen, and admit that he doesn’t know all the answers and starts to exhibit the attitude that he can learn from anyone at any time. His pride doesn’t get in the way of gathering the information and knowledge he needs to move the country forward.
And it doesn’t keep the leader from sharing the credit that needs to be shared. Humility allows the leader to acknowledge his mistakes.
Leading a poor country in today’s world needs leaders who are strong and decisive but also humble.
Humility doesn’t mean that a leader is weak or unsure of himself. It means that the leader has the self-confidence and self-awareness to recognise the value of others without feeling threatened.
This is one of the rarer attributes – or traits – of good leaders because it requires containment of one’s ego.
It means that a leader is willing to admit he could be wrong, that he recognises he may not have all the answers. And it means that the leader gives credit where credit is due, which many people struggle to do.
This very complex world we live in requires leaders who are outstanding at strategic foresight.
They need to have the ability to look ahead, to anticipate with some accuracy where the world is going. They should be able to anticipate global trends, well in advance.
Only the leaders that can accurately anticipate future challenges can possibly make progress. Only leaders with foresight can lead their nations to prosperity.
We need leaders who can maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.
We need leaders who can always focus on the needs of the people and the situation. The ability of a leader to call the shots and make sure that everyone is focused and concentrated on the most valuable use of their time is essential to progress.
The leader’s ability to get everyone working and pulling together is essential to national progress. It is said that leadership is the ability to get people to work because they want to.
The ability of the leader to select these people and then to work well with them on a daily basis is essential to the smooth administration of government.
To be an effective leader in today’s world, one needs to be a strong communicator, must be able to speak effectively and persuasively.
A leader must lead by example to truly earn the will of fellow citizens. The ability to commit to this principle is another huge characteristic of a good leader.