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A new brand of leadership

By – Peter N. Boos

| Fri, January 18, 2013 - 12:01 AM


AS BARBADIANS prepare to elect their Government for the next five years we are all considering who should lead us in these very demanding times.

We have challenges that are shaking the very foundations of our society.

Our problems are not economic.

Our values are under assault.

Integrity, compassion, trustworthiness, wisdom, discernment, fortitude, consistency, execution, principles, fairness – these matter and will overcome any challenge.

The poem below may help others as we think about the leaders we elect soon:

The Contract
A word from the led

And in the end

we follow them –

not because we are paid,

not because we might see some advantage,

not because of the things they have accomplished,

not even because of the dreams they dream,

but simply because of who they are:

the man, the woman, the leader, the boss,

standing up there when the wave hits the rock,

passing out faith and confidence like life-jackets,

knowing the currents, holding the doubts,

imagining the delights and terrors of every landfall;

captain, pirate and parent by turns,

the bearer of our countless hopes and expectations.

We give them our trust. We give them our effort.

What we ask in return is that they stay true. – William Ayot: ‘Small Things that Matter’

New leaders will shun the cult of the hero. Instead, they will practise their leadership quietly and effectively. They will lead by example and commit their energies to the service of their wider communities.

The situation calls forth a different brand of leadership. It is the quiet and authentic expression of better values that are most needed.

– Peter N. Boos

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Posted by Tony Webster 1 year, 9 months ago
Yes indeed, PB! Even the Phoenix rose from the ashes, and so can we. One task which the "new leader" must accomplish, is to insist we each look ourselves in the mirror: accept that we have much accumulated "mental and material baggage", and need to commit ourseleves afresh to life-styles and attitudes which will secure a future for our children. Tinkering at the edges; accumulated bad habits; and worshipping sacred cows, will not cut it anymore. Our own sainted Dipper would have found the words, in his wonderfully direct style, to explain the real difference between adversity, and prosperity, is perspective…and leadership. And across the Caribbean, there are many budding Adamses; Barrows, Manleyes, Williamses, Eugenias…but how do we "spot" them, and give them their head? So, here's to a leader who can give us the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth…and can yet convince us as take on the challenges ahead..and win!
Posted by Kathryn Daniel 1 year, 9 months ago
Powerful words, Mr. Boos! I hope that the Barbadian voters will look long and hard at the candidates in the upcoming election. I hope that we all look long and hard at ourselves, and our behaviour and the examples we set for our youth. If we don't stand for something, we will fall for anything.

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