Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation. – Simon Sinek
The latest craze in Singapore, is none other than the General Election 2015 (GE2015).
It was the time, as someone puts it, where everyone becomes a political expert.
By now, you would know that PAP has succeeded in forming the government for this term.
What I want to talk about is – what makes a good leader?
Whether you are leading a country, a company, a community, a family, or even yourself, you need to have leadership skills.
And the best way to learn is to learn from others. To learn from other people’s strength and weakness.
What makes a good leader?
Visionary. A good leader must have a great vision. One that would move the people. To achieve the common good. One who can see the direction down the roads, months, years or decades. And to decide what is important for them and their charge.
Persuasive. Once you have a vision, you need to move the people to act upon your vision. Appeal them to their emotion. Fascinate them with the vision. Rationalize with them on the facts. No man is an island. We all work together. The only way we can get our visions accomplished is through team work.
Integrity. A good leader must have the highest integrity. To know what is right (legally, ethically, morally, socially) from wrong. To know is not enough. He must act upon it. To act is not enough. He must lead the way, to set an example.
There are many more skills for a good leader. But for now, let’s focus on these first.
How well do you fare in these categories? I am sure that you would have done good.
And I believe, there is always room for improvement, regardless of how good you are right now.
Regardless of how good you are, there is always room for improvement. Think about it.
Let’s focus on the three categories. How well would you do? Jot them down.
Now, read through the rally speeches from each of the politicians. Suspend your judgment on who is your favorite politicians.
Judge only from their rallies, on their visions, persuasion and integrity. Jot down your findings – both positive and negative.
And reflect and compare. How well do you fare, against them?
You may say, “It’s not fair! They are veterans. They make a living from politics. Of course they would do better.”
I hear you – but this exercise is to improve on your visions, persuasion and integrity. What can you learn from this? The fruits of this exercise benefits you, and you alone.
And perhaps your family.
And your community.
And your company.
And your country.
Well, you will never know your contribution to the world, when you start to have a vision.