New ideas, developing leaders

“A group of young [South Sudanese] taking part in the UNFPA Youth and Adolescents Programme at the Juba III civilian protection camp.” Photo: Kenneth Odiwuor
“A group of young [South Sudanese] taking part in the UNFPA Youth and Adolescents Programme at the Juba III civilian protection camp.” Photo: Kenneth Odiwuor
By Ambassdor Dhano Obongo

May 21, 2016 (SSNA) — Leadership is a noticeable exercise of practices and not something incomprehensible that cannot be understood by normal people. With feedback and usage, those with desire and perseverance can considerably improve their skills to do so. A football federation worker, a team organizer, a middle, manager, an account executive, an athletic team captain, the mailroom worker, or just about any other individual we come in contact with can use his drive to learn how to lead.

Leadership has an objective and aim to achieve whatever common goal brought the members of the group together. Whether deliberate or unintended a procedure of human communication fosters the objective and aim.

There can be no leadership without someone to lead. The affiliation is only fruitful when the coworkers desire to follow the leader. Leaders need followers. Leaderless societies do not occur. Whenever two or more individuals come together, there is no such thing as unrestrained, unobstructed, or uninfluenced manner of behavior.

Leadership involves group effort without conspiracy or flattering. An indication of its existence is willingness to labor together as a team rather than alone in reaching goals. There is a process of give and take with the leader effective when the group achievement is larger than what could have been accomplished by individuals.

Some individuals exhibit better trends toward leadership than others. They develop knowledge, capability, and constant exertion to learn. They exhibit the finest ethics and principles of the group. They do deeds not just exhibit characteristics. The leader contributes, shares talents, and imparts knowledge to others.

We need to learn the biblical perspective of leadership. Christ came with a new definition for Christian leaders set forth in the tenth chapter of Mark’s gospel. The account indicates how religiously unperceptive the disciples were. James’ and John’s wish for authority could only be understood if they succumbed to servanthood. Christ Jesus overturns earthly values saying, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’’

This is the new definition for real leadership. God bless South Sudan.

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