Reinventing leadership and the public’s mindset

By Kalonga D Haciwa

For any society to achieve its development ambitions there is a huge need of reinventing the two fronts of leadership (Political and business) and the general members ‘mindset.  The common goal for all the three domains is to achieve maximum development at low cost within a given time frame.

Days are long gone when we were just electing any rhetoric person to lead a political front and leave goal and action oriented persons to also steer up the business wheel on their own.  The gap between the two has greatly reduced to almost zero.  The two fronts must complement each other at all times.

The time has now come when we have to be very careful when intrusting people to lead our societies or nation.  We need people who can lead us from a political front but still with the knowledge and technical know-how of running a conglomerate business.

In our country Zambia, we seem to be experiencing development at a snail’s pace because most of the investments and development endeavours have been left with the private businesses who also have limitations, and the political leaders are just busy building castles in the air at every meeting.  It’s not that we don’t have enough expertise or natural resources needed to bring about development in our country.  Neither do racial nor colour factors evince importance, because when the same people migrate to other countries are forcefully productive.

The key thing is the attitude of the people, moulded for many years by education and culture.  However, we need to compliment attitude with the following;

  • Ethics, as basic principles.
  • Integrity.
  • Responsibility.
  • The respect for Laws and Regulations.
  • The respect from majority of citizens by right.
  • The love for work.
  • The effort to save and invest.
  • The will to be productive.
  • Punctuality in everything

In poor countries like Zambia, a small minority follow these basic principles in their daily lives. We are not poor because we lack natural resources or because nature was or is cruel towards us. We are poor because we lack attitude. We lack the will to follow and teach these principles.

We are in this state because we want to take advantage over everything and everyone. we are in this state because when we see something done wrong and we say – “let it be”.  We should have a spirited memory and attitude…only then will we be able to change our present state.

We need a complete change of mindset, no nepotism, no tribalism, no appointing cadres into public service offices, no corruption then shall we prosper. I salute all!

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