Why Question A Leader

There are many types of leadership and there is only one goal, that is to deliver expectations: bringing out the best results for the benefit of stakeholders and the greater number.

If one chooses to be a dictator yet brings about the desirable change, then so be it. For as long as he does not forsake people and he does not impinge on the rights of others, then let him lead. But if he starts stepping on the lives of other people and deprives them of liberty and free will, then his style of leadership is questionable and he does not deserve to be a leader.

If one chooses to be consultative among the members of his team, then so be it. For as long as the members speak out what is best in each scenario. But if those around him have their own personal vested insterests, then the consultative style of leadership fails. That kind of leader is not worthy to keep as he eventually would compromise the greater good.

If a leader believes that he knows many things and his opinion is all that matters in every decision he makes, then so be it. For as long as that decision is for the greater good then he should lead the greater number. But if his decision is a shadow of a hidden ulterior motive that runs counter to the greater good, then that leader does not deserve the respect of his people. He should learn to listen.

If a leader believes that he does not know many things and he has to seek the counsel of learned and wise advisers, then he can bring out the best for the greater good. For as long as the advisers have the good hearts for the people, then the greater good would eventually come. Yet, if the advisers have ulterior motives that would only benefit a select few, then cronies could be borne, eventually.

If a leader is morally upright and he stands firm on transforming those around him into the right moral standards that bring out the best in people, then that leader would be the agent of change. But change does not happen overnight. That leader must persevere and must be ready to make sacrifices just like what Jesus did.

Leadership is a difficult accountability and only the learned can lead. But we see the fishermen-disciples were just simple and ordinary people. Yet, up to this day, they are well remembered for their teachings and the lives they had led.

As we have learned from the Gospels and from the Old Testament, to be a leader is rising up to the occasion to deliver something that would bring out the best in people. To be a leader is a process of transformation that comes only when the heart is opened to the source of goodness and the mind is opened to the source of wisdom. To be a leader is nurturing the God-given potentials and the uniqueness of men in whatever situations they may be put; thus, lifting them up to that which is good. To be a leader is sustaining the gifts that we have been endowed with – intellect, free will, choices, nature, environment, and people.

To thwart goodness with evil intentions is the fall of leadership. Goodness prevails all the time.