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HOPE - Help Our People Excel
POWER - Possessing Our Wealth, Economy and Resources
When Choosing a Leader
In today’s world system the topic of leadership, more importantly ‘effectual fervent’ leadership that creates ‘positive change’, should be considered by constituents from all arenas whether communities, churches, school groups or other institutions.
With the wealth of information, experiences, and examples of ‘effectual fervent’ leadership available, and each constituent’s ability to properly distinguish right from wrong, it is time for us to determine the types of leaders who are best suited to ‘serve’ in the various circles that we are a part of.
We should desire those leaders who will ‘positively influence’ us, help us to be ‘transformed’, and ‘guide’ us to a brighter horizon where we will experience the unending blessings of God. I am referring to the type of leader who wants his/her followers to be just as good or even better than himself/herself – and yes, these types of leaders still exist.
Turks and Caicos Islanders are a wonderful group of individuals divinely created to be a part of this beautiful country and we certainly have a right to participate in decision making regarding the affairs – political, social, and economical – of our country. We have people of wisdom here (not just knowledge but wisdom), people who are highly educated and can apply their knowledge successfully, people who are skilled in various areas, and people with vast experiences.
As a collective people we have what it takes to lead strategically and to follow intelligently. I believe that now is the time for us to empower ourselves through Christ and navigate the course of our country, our communities, our families, and our institutions. Now is the time to help our people excel, and now more than ever we need to be the ones who truly possess the wealth, economy and resources of the Turks and Caicos Islands – this is something we have to do together.
In a recent debate with friends about sports players we agreed that no player on any sports team, no matter how great he/she is, can win a game on his/her own. Although that player may be the fittest, and may possess the best skills and tactics thus emerging to the leadership role in the team he/she cannot lead that team to victory on his/her own. Instead, that player/leader needs to have the right group of persons propelling him/her forward. He/she would need to ‘appreciate the skills and experiences’ that each person brings to the team and ‘try to utilize the team members’ talents’ throughout the game in order to have any chance at success.
I will conclude that no leader can become the greatest on his/her own. Instead the ‘effectual fervent’ leader would need committed followers, and he/she should sincerely ‘love’ the followers, ‘respect’ the followers, ‘communicate’ the vision clearly to the followers, ‘share’ with the followers and the list goes on and on. At the end of it all leaders and followers have to do it together; each group plays a significant role in helping the team achieve the ultimate goal of success.
Finally, as we ponder on the future leaders of our country, businesses, and communities let us remember that we should always be ‘ethical’ (moral, fair, decent, just) in our decision making. Let us ask ourselves who will ‘serve’ best, who will be the most ‘ethical’, and who will wholeheartedly desire what is best for his/her constituents? Let us ensure that our decisions are principled and guided by truth, and let us choose our leaders wisely.
Desiree M. Adams