A leader is not defined by the person who barks orders at their subordinates, but someone who can evaluate a situation and chart a course which brings about certain objectives by utilizing and making everyone feel ownership of the process and thus perform at their best. The leaders is not always the idea generator, but the admin of the ideas of those he manages. The leaders greatest skill is in decision making to allow that fluid relationship between the final objective and ways of achieving it efficiently.
Africans around the world are beginning to see the importance and need of occupying leadership position. All blacks of African descent around the world and in all spheres of life should prepare themselves adequately for leadership position.
Cascade of occurrence has shown that Africans possess the quality and skills to ascend any leadership position and leave a landmark.
Some of the world leaders from Africa that have contributed significantly to national and global development have positively projected the image of the African people to the world. This has in many ways encouraged young leaders to spring up among Africans.
The world is beginning to appreciate the fact that quality leadership is not determine by skin color, gender, religion, cultural or demography. Quality leadership transcend any of these perceived differences.
“Real leaders do not prey and play to the passions and prejudices of the people they serve. they instruct them in ways which foster their development and enhance the quality of their lives.“
From all indications, women form a dominant part of the global society yet their involvement in societal and global affairs is quite limited as compared to the participation of their male counterparts. In order for a more progressive development of the world, it is necessary that more women are educated and supported in their career pursuits and particularly in leadership situations.
“Africa’s redemption is not only clasp in the hands of the leadership, but moreover in the active participation in change of the average person, in the home, in the school in the work place, and in their private relationships.“
Women have played important roles in community since the beginning of time. The innate tendency that women have for nurturing and taking care of their own render them loyal citizens of their various communities. As a result, women readily contribute towards the development of their communities, and in some instances are willing to go the extra mile in order to sustain the societies they belong to.
Women have played tremendous role in leadership.
From the various Queens of Ethiopia to the traditional Queen Mothers like Yaa Asantewa of Ghana, to political leaders like President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former Senegalese Prime Minister, Mame Madior Boye women leaders in Africa have gone to great lengths to defend the rights of their people and to facilitate development.
Wangari Maathai -Environmental activist (Kenya): The Nobel Peace Prize winner (2004) founded the well respected Green Belt Movement in 1977, which advocates for people to plant trees to fight environmental degradation. She is also known for championing human rights.
Amina J. Mohammed, the current United Nation Deputy Secretary-General is another woman of worth making the continent proud. Before joining the UN, Ms. Mohammed worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals, providing advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development, and coordinating programmes worth $1 billion annually for MDG-related interventions.
There is a clear indication that grassroot leadership is a necessary recipe to participate in global leadership and make global impact. As the popular saying goes, No condition is permanent, so also is leadership position. Leaders should maximise the time they have to be committed in serving humanity. Leaders should serve with Integrity and Dignity.
In order to encourage more women to participate in leadership and government, it is necessary that the community and world as a whole give them the support needed. Instead of downplaying the efforts of African women, people could encourage them either by listening to their views in an objective manner, participating in women initiated activities, and helping eradicate the social stigma and discrimination against women in leadership and African women in general.
It is undoubted that financial constraints could prove as a problem for African women leaders but with the relative acceptance of women leaders in countries like the U.S., U.K, Canada and Germany, and the support of organizations like the United Nations Development Fund for Women, these constraints could be overcome.
It is very important that Africans align themselves in a position to take on leadership role globally, africans should be more active in taking global responsibilities. Anybody can be a leader so far you are adequately prepared and strategically position yourself to occupy leadership position.