Where is our President going?

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 This quote of John Edmund Haggai remains one of my favorites on leadership.

“Leadership is the discipline of deliberately exerting special influence within a group to move it toward goals of beneficial permanence that fulfill the group’s  real needs” I like the word “move” in it. This is why I do not mind it if my students make jokes  in quoting me: “Leadership is influencing people to move from point A to point B, where B is a better place”

Recently I heard this: “It is my daunting legacy to lead us towards prosperity.” And also this: “By now you are all aware that I have  declared all-out war on poverty”  -  His Excellency Dr Hage Geingob.

In December 1996 our founding father said: “We cannot afford to substitute hard and honest work with anything else because there is simply no substitute…”

His Excellency Dr Hage Geingob also recently echoed this by saying that we cannot be content with mediocrity and unproductivity.  I also take note that he declared his assets, implemented and signed performance agreements with his ministers and the Permanent Secretaries. He further laid out his strategy in his “Harambee strategic plan”.

It seems to me that he is on the MOVE.

From peace and stability      to prosperity

From passivity                       to productivity

From rights                            to responsibilities

From A to B, where B is a better place

50 Years ago Martin Luther King Jr. said: “I have a dream”… they then referred to that as pep talk, fairytale, religious wave or an unrealistic dream! Is the dream of a Namibia where all people are better off economically, spiritually, emotionally, intellectually just pep talk, fairytale, religious wave or an unrealistic dream? Within 50 years, Martin Luther King Jr’s dream became a reality.

In his book Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell said that one of the criteria for how little things can make a huge difference is: “It should be wrapped by a unique set of conditions”.

Is there any doubt where our president is going? He surely is creating, with his team around him, a relevant context for us to move in…a unique set of conditions and his slipstream seems to be the direction.

The question should rather be: Where am I going?

DAWIE FOURIE
Founder: African Leadership Institute

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