Am I missing the point – Leadership 2

Good Afternoon Everybody

Can somebody give me clarity as to what makes a leader a good leader? I have always thought a leader, lives by example and be somebody that ordinary people can be inspired by. He/ She has to lead with integrity in his private and public capacity or does this change behind closed doors? Shouldn’t leadership be inspired by good will and zeal to do the right thing? Looking at some of our leaders I find myself asking: Where did it all go wrong? Does the “hunger” for power and recognition stray some people out of focus? Who do you look up to when those declared as ‘LEADERS” fail to honour their title? Maybe “ordinary” people don’t get to decide as to what it is that makes a leader a good leader or do we have different definition of what leadership means?

In my understanding: A leader is a person who guides others toward a common goal, showing the way by example, and creating an environment in which others feel actively involved the entire process. A leader is not the boss of the team but, instead, the person that is committed to carrying out the mission of the Venture.

Why is it that when some of our leaders don’t live according to expectancy then they justify their acts as not “breaking the law”. Does one have to break the law or does it have to do with integrity and respect to those who have elected you as their leader?

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2 thoughts on “Am I missing the point – Leadership

  • Des Squire

    Hi Stranger – Great tosee some activity again. Hope this assists.

    South Africa appears to be on a self destruction path. While there are many wonderful things happening, these are outweighed by the lack of leadership emanating from the top. 

    “Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective” and direct others in a way that makes their combined effort more cohesive and coherent. Leaders carry out this process by applying leadership attributes, such as beliefs, values, ethics, character, knowledge and skills.

     While our honourable President, as the Managing Director of SA, has the authority to accomplish certain tasks and objectives, his power does not make him a leader…it simply makes him the boss.

    Leadership differs in that it makes followers want to achieve high goals and to follow in the footsteps of the leader. Being boss achieves very little and places the manager on a path to self destruction as we see currently happening.

     Personally I believe the honourable President has all of the attributes mentioned earlier but fails to uphold and most importantly enforce his personal beliefs. He expects others to uphold the law and abide by ethical principles but fails to enforce any meaningful action when the laws are broken by subordinates.

     Leaders need to demonstrate, put into practice and ensure adherence to efficiency, honesty, integrity, responsibility, ethics, transparency, and accountability.

     Corporate governance, whether in the business world or in politics requires an all inclusive approach? The government as a whole, under the leadership of the President, must apply the test of fairness, accountability, responsibility and transparency and must be accountable to the public they represent.

     A clear distinction is made between accountability and responsibility. You render an account when you are held accountable, but you can be called to account when you are responsible. A minister in government is therefore accountable to the president and at the same time responsible to all stakeholders including the citizens of SA. This is fact and cannot under any circumstances be disputed. This is a fact our politicians and government ministers need to face up to. It is a non negotiable fact.

     The Government, under the leadership of the President must clearly state its purpose, define the values it stands for and by which it operates and must communicate these to all stakeholders. The double standards that currently exist must be clarified and stated unambiguously.

     The honourable President must take a stand for what he believes in and uphold the honour and integrity of the country. It is time for strong, determined and committed leadership. It is time to weed out the rot that exists in national and provincial government and to uphold the policies of ethics and values.


     South Africa has an urgent need to win the TRUST of the local and international community. This can only be accomplished through dedicated and committed leadership. The slogan of South Africa should be “building a better future, built on TRUST” not only for the benefit of government but also for the community, the nation and the wider world.

    Transparent – totally open, going beyond current requirements or expectations
    Responsible – clearly acting in the broader and longer term interests of all
    Uncompromising – total commitment to highest moral standards
    Successful – great results combining excellence in all areas with strong values
    Temperate – taking care to avoid major risks, wild decisions and extravagance 

     The application of a corporate governance approach based on these core values will have an added but very competitive advantage. They will attract others who wish to live by and follow the leadership example set, while at the same time retaining existing ethical supporters. Let’s work to build an ethical South Africa for all.


      © Des Squire (Managing Member)


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  • Asanda Magwede Post author

    Hi Sibusiso,

    Well, you could say it was promted by one political leader but the question has always been there. I had to seek more understanding of the meaning of true leadership and this does not necessarily refer to one particular leader. If you check around, people that are suppose to lead with integrity and honour tend to mis-use or abuse this privilege.

    Are leaders just leaders by name or are they suppose to live up to their name? I always thought that a leader has to demonstrate qualities that set them apart from “ordinary” people and not just any quality but good ethical qualities.