(Excerpts from Sonala Olumhense’s article, originally published via SaharaReporters website and reproduced with permission)
“Good governance—the onslaught for development and progress through the thicket of corruption, mediocrity and fear of change—is attack, not defense. Good governance is defiance and demolition of the status quo, not compromise or negotiation with it.
Good governance is the courage to advance, not the authority to sit down—for you may be sitting down on a dying child, or suffocating a genius.
Good governance is NOW, not later; it is ME, not a Minister or a Commissioner or a Permanent Secretary. That is why great leaders deploy personal example. They liberate hidden gems, including the time to act, and the talents. They smash down barricaded doors and mountainous stonewalls; in their place they erect giant monuments and expressways that define tomorrow.
That leads me into what is perhaps the most significant thing about great leaders: fear. They are always afraid, and they are not afraid to be afraid. They are afraid that while they control power, they cannot control Time. They are afraid to squander that precious and irreplaceable resource in merriment or indolence. They want to ascertain they do not run out of it when they are conquering disease or leading education.
Great leaders are always clear that the authority in their hands is a loan, not a possession. They are afraid that if they delay, History may unmask them as a fraud.
The Great ones are suspicious of the temptations of comfort and sleep. They understand that social progress demands they stay awake to plot and plan and prompt. They know they must not only inspire, they must perspire.
The Great Ones understand the meaning of doing; that doing is what genuine service is about. They understand the paradox that only service defines leadership.
This is why the Great ones do not wait. They know that waiting is for travelers with no sense of History. The Great Ones, having seen rain interrupt too many festivities, and festivities interrupt too many good intentions, hold procrastination in contempt.”
Original article is found here