In an obviously challenging, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual enclave of the south-southern part of the Great Country in Nigeria, characterized by a people framed in the miasma of socio-cultural and traditional beliefs whose orientations are debilitating rather than human-uplifting, I believe that Cross River State on a broader spectrum and at all levels is yet to have an experience of genuine and compassionate leadership which is all-inclusive, corporate value enhancing and human capital uplifting.
In such a society, management and leadership though distinct of each other, must be collaboratively engaged at all levels of society, with insight and discretion based on professional competence and skilled proficiency as the corporate compass, guiding our navigation towards that which leadership is predisposed to establish within a given time frame. This is because effective resource coordination in all ramifications, is a product of soundness and balance morally, intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually. However prioritization according to the proper order as a principle is key to the effective administration of resources, whether human or material.
For leadership in our society to be termed “just and equitable” therefore, it must take into consideration its territorial uniqueness (demographically, socio-culturally and economically), trace the map of its territorial and corporate deficits, articulately analyse the core of its challenges from a spiritual, mental and emotional perspective – and finally conclude by addressing the core issue which is the corporate mentality of its citizenry through several constructive idealisation mediums.
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Just and equitable leadership is about balancing nobility in humility, with discipline and firmness. It’s about doing the right thing (I.e. being fixed in the core principles of morality) rather than doing what is right (contextually interpreted for personal benefit at other’s expense).
Discerning times and seasons for strategic implementation of policies by wisdom, towards culturing people of an environment into corporate alignment and strategic positive advancement, is also necessary for effectively administering justice and equity at both micro and macro-economic levels.
The young Jewish king known as Solomon, reputed to be the wisest king and ruler of all time, attested to the fact that wisdom is a prerequisite for leadership. And the manifestation of wisdom in the life of an individual or a leader is revealed as a “culture of nobility” established on a balanced scale of equity and justice. From this view point therefore, wisdom for leadership becomes a transmitter of jurisdictional authority with principles which ensure stability, while compelling corporate effort, articulately balancing skill, knowledge and providence, for corporate advancement in all spheres of life and human endeavour.
Leadership founded on Justice and Equity, compels resources at all levels. The shift from a society of blamers on challenges from past experiences, lack of resources, inequitable distribution of wealth and the perceived lapses of the past generation and previous political, economic and traditional leaders; to a society of a wise and responsible citizenry, who understand the connection between relationships, potentials, opportunities, a visionary approach to life, times and seasons, discernment and management etc; demands that we begin to be accountable in our private selves with our conscience bearing witness, knowing this that the qualitative outcome of any corporate effort, is tied to the quality of the contributions of its individual units.
With: Emmanuel Sam