Since nature has placed the man under governance, politics, according to Aristotle was created to be the highest form of association, it was meant to depict our actions and intentions as humans with the purpose of achieving happiness and something good. Sadly, the world is full of aspiring political leaders where few live up to leadership quintessence. There’s this concurrence that when the word “politicians” is mentioned it creates an opposing aura instead of a pleasant one but the most enduring of all political dilemmas are what provoke us to make our inquiries. Like when will the governments value our patriotism, and when should they be denied it?
Factually, Leadership based on the tradition of sacrifice, dedication and austerity have been replaced by the new leaders who represent their hold on their regions, either due to parties or interest group support. Good political leadership requires a combination of charisma and integrity, as well as the ability to assess a situation and make a decision based on what would be best for the greatest number of people. The deal is, being a good leader, it’s all about the Leader’s character and riposte to responsibilities.
Moreover, an effective political leader will have a leadership style that concentrates on partnership and building, while an ineffective leadership situation results from a leader who uses manipulation to get what they want, instead of employing the act of inspiration and motivation. Some, however, use dictatorship declaration strategies which caused an unproductive political regime induced with various crises.
Furthermore, accountability is essential to effective political leadership, as, without this, there will be no respect or loyalty from the followers. A good political leader is someone who will be honest and responsible for their own actions and decisions and who is willing to admit when they have made a mistake. So, effective Leadership creates avenues to learn from mistakes and to not repeat them and to also learn moral virtue through habits, repetition, and instructions.
Ironically, those who make good political leaders are often those who least want the position in the first place! These are individuals who do not seek power but who have authority conferred upon them by others who value their judgment or ventured into politics based on their own personal belief and philosophy, for example; Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948), who was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. He is unofficially called the “Father of the Nation” in India, another is Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) He was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, his name is still a force to be reckoned with till date.
Conclusively, an effective Leadership in politics makes us good followers, and as youths we become a rejuvenated entity, living a set life with unyielding principles, ready to take up territories, as our minds strive to hope and imagine how to bring about a great revolution. Politics is no hypothesis, It’s reality and we live in reality.
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