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The burden of leadership

With a new President elect, General Muhammadu Buhari who will lead the country for the next 4 years, expectations are high just as the burden of leadership swells. Aderonke Adeyeri sought the views of some Nigerians on this issue and reports.

The act of leadership starts from the home — Ademoye

islamAlhaja Mariam Bolanle Ademoye, Chief Deeds Registrar, Bureau of lands and survey, Ogun state said the act of leadership starts from the home adding that the home being the mirror of the society should endeavour to shun out good products. She also said Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was regarded as the Al-Amin by his people because of his trustworthiness.

“As one of the qualities of a good leader, it should be inculcated from home.” However, the act of leading comes with its burden. Sacrificial living is also one of the burdens of leadership.

Burdens ofleadership

“Your ideas and implementation of programmes to logical conclusion are also a big burden. He also has to sacrifice a lot of things personally, emotionally, socially and otherwise for the people. This is because if there is any failure, he will take responsibility.

By so doing, his reputation will be at state in order not to be seen as a failure. At times, it may lead to losing peace of mind and individuality. Leadership is always a result oriented and there is always a risk of not only losing the position. However, a leader must accept responsibility for his actions.

He must be selfless, putting the comfort of his people first and not his comfort. A good leader must enhance societal development because he possesses the power to change the situation or circumstance of a people. Hence, leaders are regarded as the creator of their society. One important way to reduce the burden of leadership is for the leader to be open to his followers. Transparency in governance elicit supports even when things get tough.

A leader must submit to the will of the creator—Damilola

Imam Salis Monsur Damilola, an Islamic teacher and a civil engineer said the Qur’an is a glorious book that does not leave any aspect of human existence untouched. Almighty Allah stated this in the glorious Qur’an, 6vs 38. The Qur’an gives not less than twelve qualities to be considered before choosing a leader. Leadership in Islam is rooted in the belief of submission to the Creator.

“And We made them leaders guiding (men) by Our Command and We sent them inspiration to do good deeds, to establish regular prayers and to practice regular charity; and they constantly served Us (and Us only).”

“A Muslim leader is to act in accordance with the injunctions of God and His Prophet (saw), and must develop a strong Islamic moral character. This moral character will be reflected by his increasingly strong belief in God as he progresses through the four stages of spiritual development.

Eeman, Taqwa and Ihsan. A competent leader would know how to manage his burden since it is inevitable and in such a way that it wouldn’t affect the society. Our leaders should remember that the oath of office is trust (amanah) and they have sworn allegiance to the trust. The Qur’an says whoever betray his allegiance has only cause injury to his own soul.”

Good leadership generates relationship— Hassan

Ganiu Hassan, an Islamic teacher in his view said: ‘’Everyone exercises leadership in varying degrees. “We all exercise relative influence in the wide variety of contexts in which we live. By the same logic, we are also followers even when we exercise leadership in our various capacities. We are accountable to others just as we follow the dictates, needs, and standards of others who lead us too.

Good leadership generates relationships and institutions that are fundamentally conventional in character, the end of which will engender progress and development, not just for Muslims, but also for everyone.”




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