Submitted by Yardbroom
“The actions of a leader speak louder than his words. People are motivated when you give them credit, rather than take it yourself. Ego and aggression are neither necessary nor constructive“.
Should I believe that there cannot be quiet effective leaders. We were told that there would be continuous disarray in the DLP Party at this juncture. Names were mentioned, who were not satisfied with their particular positions or portfolios. The expected squabbles have not materialised, ministers are doing the people’s business, the ship is steady, the shoots of recovery have started in the economy. Properly watered and tended they will bear fruit in the long term.
Has all the above happened by accident, was there not a leader in charge?
No Government gets everything right, it is impossible to do but the populace must ask, over a range of issues have they been successful, and is there a sense of direction. On most projects in Barbados, from the small board and shingle house to others costing hundreds of millions, when government expenditure is involved, some will seek impropriety. In some cases it might be true but we run the risk of negating any views we express, if there is a “constant” of looking for crookedness in those we oppose politically. It does not lead to mature debate, to constantly seek to undermine others for no other reason but to make it a spectator sport.
Of course there are those who will “crucify” anyone who dares to have an opposing view or advances the other side of the argument……but that leads to a sterile environment. For when all else fails personal attacks are used but that they can only use such a retort dilutes anything relevant they might have to say.
I say show me the achievement, and I will know the measure of the man. This as good today as it was yesterday and it does not matter if it is in Barbados or elsewhere. True leadership is about what is being done, rather than what has been or is being said.
For those who think Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart does not speak enough and admittedly there are a few who do, there is a counter argument.
“May I remind you that: The quiet leader is not a modern invention and Lao Tzn, who in the classic Taoist text Tao Te Ching, was discussing the same characteristic around 500 BC.
The very highest is barely known by men,
Then comes that which they know and love,
Then that which is feared,
Then that which is despised
He who dares not trust enough will not be trusted.
When actions are performed
Without unnecessary speech.
People say “we did it”.
Here again, the highest level of leadership is virtually invisible.”
It is possible when the time is right, that the people will say, the DLP did it, not Freundel Stuart, but the DLP, that is true leadership; there would be no effort to supplant true leadership with “”ego”.