Do you remember the story of the Lord of the Flies?
It was a novel by William Golding about a group of boys stranded on an island and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves.
Democratic rules of civilisation vs Autocratic savagery.
In the novel two different types of leaders emerge…
Ralph-represents civilisation. He was elected by the boys in a democratic vote.
He wants to implement rules by which to live.
Jack-represents autocratic savagery.
He put himself up as the leader who has absolute power, who takes no account of the other boy’s wishes or opinions.
The theme of the novel is the conflict between two opposing instincts in humans.
The instinct to live by the rules and act peacefully and value the good of the group.
OR, gratify ones immediate desires and act violently to obtain supremacy and enforce one’s will.
Everything was going good under Ralph.
But then, Jack imposed his will and put himself up as an autocratic leader.
Everything collapsed under Jack!
So, I’m going to talk about the need for Good Political Leaders for World Survival!
The world is full of aspiring political leaders, but sadly, very few live up to the leadership ideals.
In fact, many political leaders lack some of the most important leadership qualities, such as integrity and accountability.
Political leaders are vitally important–through the authority of government they assess the distribution of power and resources, build relationships with other countries and leaders, and make decisions that have a great impact on the well-being of a nation.
Good leadership requires a focus on the long-term good of the country, above any personal short-term gains.
They need to assess a situation and make a decision based on what would be best for the greatest number of people.
What is very important in a leader?
STATESMANSHIP–THIS MEANS HAVING THE INTEGRITY AND WILLINGNESS TO STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT.
What makes a good political leader?
Someone with good communication and interpersonal skills, who can work with others to achieve the greatest good for the population.
Someone with a strong character.
Someone who listens to the needs of the people.
Someone with the courage to say what needs to be said.
Someone who is willing to make difficult decisions for the greater good.
Anybody come to mind???
A good leader must have a style that focuses on building and doesn’t use manipulation to get what they want but uses inspiration and motivation.
Sometimes they might have to use coercion and negotiation, but in the end they use persuasion.
A key quality is taking Responsibility.
Accountability is crucial to effective leadership, without it there will be NO respect from followers.
A good leader is someone who will be honest and responsible for their actions and decisions and who is willing to admit mistakes.
They will focus their energies and time on representing the people rather than spending time covering their backs and criticising others.
GOOD LEADERS ARE CRUCIAL TO THE SURVIVAL OF CIVILISATION!