The Elected Leader: Surely, A Figure on MissionBy: Masivula Emmanuel [Laprof]
Journalism Student

Imagine taking a leisurely drink in a peaceful Restaurant near a river. The music is low to the ears, recalling sendoff of the busy day you had. The compound is lashed with green short flowers. You see a steadily pigeon resting on a low lying branch. You grab your camera, snap a shot, and check the result. The picture is perfect. But will it be perfect in the future?  =The Safety of your Portfolio.

Kibabii University is of Age. During this SOKU General Election – 2020/2021, we are glad you’re coaxing to be voted in and you alone, what can you manage that other people can’t manage? We hope that once you’re elect, you’ll abide to these qualities: Proper communication, Delegation, Commitment: nothing shows commitment like getting your hands dirty with those you lead, Creativity: look up for answers and solutions. Resilience: Focus on solutions rather than problems.

Consider this!

Should leaders live like gatekeepers?
1. A gatekeeper tells the truth.
2. A gatekeeper is a good worker.
3. A gatekeeper respects womanhood, parents and the laws of the employer.
4. A gatekeeper is always helpful and lends a hand when anyone is in trouble.
5. A gatekeeper is always alert, kind and gentle with children, elderly, animals even vehicles.

Now! As a leader you can respond to a reality or rumor of change in a crisis, the need for empowerment, collaboration and diversity and the importance of a higher purpose by simply channeling your ambition toward achieving larger organizational or institutional goals rather than feeding your own ego, by fostering the following leadership essentials:

  1. Authenticity: people are naturally drawn to leaders who have an honest self-awareness and are comfortable with who they are.
  2. Lead by listening by respect: is a state of campaign or briefing, where those you lead are filled with joy or rage and are waving pieces of paper. Stop the guards from struggling with them and call the forefront to speak what they have.
  3. Have passion for learning and share it with others: since the leadership hierarchy is so big in various setups, the only one or two leaders are chosen to represent the rest in a concert or training and with due study share back the message with the rest.

“For over time I’ve been in leadership, what I’ve really learnt is that Humanity and Optimism are very important part of leadership….people and animals don’t like to suffer and follow pessimists.”

Therefore you being a leader must match strengths with roles;

  1. Operational Role: where an executive has direct control over people and resources to accomplish results. Operational Leaders; Set goals, establish plans and get things done primarily through the vertical hierarchy and use of position power.
  2. Collaborative Role: here, leaders typically often work behind the scenes, using their personal power to influence others and get things done
  3. Advisory Role: leaders here provide guidance and support to other people and departments in the institution/ organization

Depending on your natural tendencies, as a leader, you can understand the type of leadership role in which your strengths effectively satisfy.

Minimal Leadership

When the chairperson governs, the people are hardly aware that he [she] exists.

  • Next is a leader who is loved
  • Followed by a leader who is feared
  • The worst is the one who is despised

If you don’t return your vote of appreciation and trust the people, they make you untrustworthy.

  1. People hate those who doesn’t talk, he [she] acts.
  2. Finally, when the chairperson’s term is done, the people say, “Amazing: we lived our own and did all by ourselves.”

UNIVERSITY ELECTION IN THE HORIZON. A MESSAGE TO [SOKU ELECTS 2020/2021 & OTHER CLUBS LEADERSHIP]

As a leader, you can use a Democratic leadership style to help followers develop decision making skills and perform well without close supervision. An Autocratic style might be appropriate when there is time pressure or followers have low skill levels.

SINCE YOU ARE A FIGURE ON A MISSION, KNOW THE FOLLOWING

[People Oriented Behavior]
Acknowledge accomplishments
Respect people
Display trust
Show acceptance and compassion
Give time and encouragement
Be positive
[Task Oriented Behaviors]
Clarify task objectives and job responsibilities
Set performance expectations
Plan use of resources
Coordinate activities
Check progress and work quality
Evaluate performance