WHAT DEFINES A TRUE LEADER IN TIMES OF CRISIS.
A leader, is literally the lid, the covering, the canopy, the embroidery or embellishment of a group or a body from the original Latin translation. A leader is a principal chief captain, guide, master, director, and so on. Leadership is usually an intriguing journey even on a normal day, thinking ahead, planning ahead
of time and forecasting by experience and studying in the past, present predictions of experts.
In times of ADVERSITIES, as we have now, true leaders emerge just as gold is refined by fire
or crystal clear glass in water. Like an eagle, a leader glides in the storm knowing what their strength is.
A true leader seeks to find out the real cause, effect, and remedies. History makes it clear that this is not the first.
Using two biblical examples of leaders in times of crisis and adversities, that is Aaron and Saul on one hand, and David and Jesus on another side.
1. Aaron and Saul feared that the people they were leading, hence they could not handle the pressure from the people. Aaron built a golden calf against God’s will and King Saul also listen to the voice of the people over the voice of God.
2. David and Jesus, On the other hand, sought information and solution with the right counsel from the right source. David choose to lead Israel Army against the terrifying army of Philistine with Goliath as it’s a leader at a time when the entire army of Israel was in fear and tried talking him out of the decision to fight Goliath.
Jesus also did not succumb to the voice of the people but focus on his assignment and where He was going.
Looking at the case study above you can identify some traits that make a good leader as:
1. Clarity of Vision: A great leader knowing where he/she is coming from and where he/she is going, makes a clear picture of the destination, even after crisis or pandemic like CVOVID-19, and communicates as such to the followers.
2. Analytical Listener: The leader must be a good listener who seeks to understand everyone who knows something about the situation, but most importantly he/ she researches for the truth with fact on the situation like; has it happened before?
How did it happen? what was the situation then? will it be relevant in this era too? Was it predicted or was there a sign?
Having this information makes dealing with the adversities easily.
3. Passion, commitment and sacrifices: It takes a passionate leader who will not just tell what others to do, or copy a directive by a body that might as well be wrong. The leader is involved in working on the ground to face the challenges, showing commitment by doing what has to be done by the followers first and at times
sacrificing or volunteering first instead of using others as volunteers or test case.
ARTICLE BY: ERNEST TWUM BARIMAH