Leadership is not just a privilege. It is a call to responsibility and a challenge to personal creativity, innovativeness, awareness, strong belief and tenacity. Leadership is without doubt the proof of man’s innate and acquired management ability because God has endowed every one of us with the potential to lead in one way or the other.
One of the most critical problems facing the human society today is the lack of strong, humble, caring and inspiring leadership. Never before have so many nations of the world desired inspirational and visionary leadership as they do today.
There is a desperate need and demand for true leadership – the kind that supports people to unlock and unleash their potentials, and that need is not localised. On the contrary, there is the cry for supportive leadership virtually everywhere and at every level of human operation.
It is a fact that all over the world, there is a need for true leadership to fill the vacuum left by inept, rapacious, selfish and visionless leadership in diverse sections of human endeavour and activities. It does not matter whether it is in families, business, politics, religion, academics, or social community, there is a cry for more committed; more involved; more caring; and more understanding leadership.
People simply want more from their leaders, especially as many of them face uncertain times. There is indeed a demand for real leadership. But the question is this: where are the true leaders that we need for difficult times such as now?
Our planet is in peril; our environment is unsafe; our peace is constantly threatened; our economies are unstable; our relationships are fragile; and our faith is ebbing. These are the times that we need people to stand up and lead by wisdom, insight, understanding, commitment, and vision. The time for carefree, self-seeking and inconsistent leadership is long over.
The leaders of relevance today and tomorrow in business, government and even the homes, must be people given to wisdom. They must also be humble enough to seek avenues for continuous learning, as they improve capacity for impact. May those of us that have been given the special grace to lead others take the responsibility as seriously as the responsibility demands.
May we be guided by the Almighty God to be humble and faithful, as we trust Him to lead us in His wisdom to be leaders that would support people to become more aware of their individual potentials and powers. May we utilise our privileged calling and positioning as leaders to coach, inspire and energise our people to stretch themselves to achieve goals and feats that appeared out of reach. After all, that is the prize of leadership – the privilege and power to influence positive change.