Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Everything Rises & Falls On Leadership - By Alex Afriyie

Looking at the situation in Afghanistan this phrase from John Maxwell - 
 'everything rises and falls on leadership' is clearly seen as working its truth out.

Its terrible to see desperate people not knowing if they are going to live or die as new leaders take over their country. 

Questions like 'can I trust this new regime with my life and welfare' or 'what will happen to my family' are oppressing people's minds and emotions.

What does such instability come down to? I believe as Maxwell says, it comes down to leadership.

The Western world did not have a strategic plan for rebuilding Afghanistan that would sustain things in the long run.

The Afghan people have not been able to unite over what kind of leadership and government structure they want. Is it democracy they are looking for, freedom for all people or power in the hands of the elite or one tribe, or one ideology, or the educated or those with the guns?

All these are lessons that can be learned for any organisation or anyone in leadership. We need to have

1) A long term vision, values and a plan

2) We need to be strategic 

3) We need to bring different stakeholders together to agree what will work for everyone

4) We need to transition carefully with full and clear handover putting the right people (qualified people) in the right seats (roles).

5) We need to care about the people and the organisation that we lead. Aligning people's needs with the needs of the organisation or country,

Let's hope and pray good leaders will arise

Alex Afriyie (c) 

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