Saturday, July 16, 2011

Essence of Genuine Leaders

By Gilbert M. Forbes

Yesterday, I was reminded of a message of our honorable councilor about the importance of true leadership.  The importance of serving and leading not for recognition but for the benefits of the needy.  He expounded on the fact that a true leader should be into denial of self.

He particularly mentioned a part of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines law which states that as a true Scout, “I will do my best to do my duty to GOD and my country . . . ., to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.,” the last, he says is still intended for the sustenance of service to others.

While reflecting on this message, I just can’t help but to compare it to some of our education leaders today and those who are aspiring for leadership.  What kind of leader am I and they?  Those who are aspiring to be one, I just cant help but question their motives, why?  Are not they aware of what they are entering into?

To those who are already leaders who are now becoming wishy-washy, self-serving how come they are?  And those who are into rumors of corruption of irresponsibility, why have they become and what are being done by their constituents who are also leaders in their own right to stop them.

St. Paul through his letter to Timothy recognizes the fact that to aspire for leadership is an honorable ambition but God also warns us in Jeremiah 45:5 that, Should you then seek great things for yourself?  Seek them not.  Mark 10:43-44 said it further that Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.  

It is clear that to aspire for Leadership should not be for the purpose of escaping from something, or just for the benefit of trying something new.  Nonetheless, it should not be a clandestine path to earthly recognition, bogus respect, following, and social mobility. Instead, our motives should be noble, holy and sacred.

Having none of the last, current and aspiring leaders should think twice of what the true leadership is.

(Mr. Gilbert M. Forbes had his Bachelors Degree and MA in Educational Management (CAR) from the Philippine Normal University.  A campus paper adviser and trainer for 13 years.  Currently, he is a school principal in one of the central schools in the Division of Quezon.) 
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