I first recognized what I eventually came to know as leadership when I was a young child, while watching the Madaraka Day Celebrations. I was enamored by the men in uniform who moved in singular motion, matching in order and on order. The matching, impressive as it was, served only as a complement to the unseen but most clearly heard booming baritone voice of the parade commander. There was something almost magical about how an unseen and mostly incomprehensible (at least to us civilians) voice would cause such change - some dramatic; such as the taekwondo kick match, some intricate; such as eyes-right command. Supernatural still was how multiple grown men with the capacity to make their own decision would respond without a moment's hesitation to the command of one unseen. What discipline? What order? What form? What power? I perceived the men as unstoppable and the voice sounded to me unconquerable. I wanted to be amongst them more especially the voice that so guided them.
At such time I did not know what was required to attain the same nor was I aware whether I had it but I was determined to get it. It was helpful that I had already began to demonstrate some capacity for the same - my childhood nickname was boss for I was often found commanding or attempting to command anything and everything that I imagined could be commanded. Given this initial potential and the determination to be as had been demonstrated to me, I began my journey into leadership. The first thing I had to learn in leadership was how to follow: I had to be obedient to those who knew better or were otherwise stronger than me. I did not know but in this way learnt that the power to command comes from having more strength and better knowledge than the one receiving the command. I also learnt the better I followed instruction the easier it became to give them and the more they were received by the one to whom they are given. Secondly, I learnt that leaders had to step forward and separate themselves from the crowd. You had to be exceptional especially with regard to strength and knowledge, in terms of how to acquire them and utilize them. Again listening to the ones in authority was very useful to these ends. Third, I learnt that 'power pass power', leadership was hierarchical and that there was always someone stronger than the one stronger than you and someone weaker than the one weaker than you. Leadership could therefore be given to you or taken by you. The stronger had to give it to you: but you had to prove willing and worthy to receive by meeting their standards. The weaker only responded to your strength either by willingly yielding or forcefully surrendering when and only when you stood up and required them to make the choice.
These lessons were, however, not taught in a classroom so that I had them before hand and applied them as taught. No! They were hard-earned through the school of hard knocks - the school of life. In the midst of attaining them I have faced several difficult milestones including: ignorance and arrogance - personal and of others in the hierarchy; confusion and self-doubt: deceit, betray and sabotage by self and others (especially those close to me); lack and loss of faith/confidence leading to giving up or, even worse, lack of trying. Lastly and most difficult failure, for reasons outside myself such as the actions of others and the realities of life and due to my own misdeed either in failing to do something or doing something wrong. Many times I have been punished for failing to live up to the standard and have punished myself for falling below my own and others expectations. The saving grace I have found is two things: so long as there is life there is hope, one can recover from most if not all things; God has a say in all things and He is always good. I say this that it may be understood that the most important things to the attainment of talent/life goals: one is life itself, two is the operation of God in that life. So long as you can eat and breath time will resolve all things: for example, the ignorant gain experience that rids them of their ignorance and those who fail regain their strength and try again. God is a force that saves in times of trouble, reproaches in times of arrogance, teaches in a time of ignorance, consoles in times of failure, rewards in times of success and avenges in times of betrayal while he remains faithful always. In regard to leadership God is king of kings and Lord of lords so he is highest in the heirarchy determining the position of all others in it. His word is the final command/ instruction that cannot be undone. A reliance on him and his revelation and word is best and surest way to ascend that heirarchy (power pass power).
Finally, leadership and command are a question of self. One must master themselves before they can master others: how well one has mastered themselves determines how well you master others. God himself honours personal will and choice so you have to make the choice to stand out.
Author: Johnstone Daniel Mutua Jnr | Date Created2017-08-17 22:47:15 | Comments: 0