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Success Tonics Today: Leadership: In whose interest? (Part 1)

Nehemiah:5:19: Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.

The world is full of leaders. At all levels of life there are people
steering the ship of events. From the family setting to different global
fora, there are leaders and purported leaders every where. Some are
elected, while others are nominated or even self-appointed. The question
is not about the number now or the position but about the motive behind
what we do as leaders. In whose interest are we doing what we are doing
as leaders? Nehemiah was bold to ask for God’s remembrance and His
blessings because his leadership was about THE PEOPLE and not about his
own selfish interest or ambitions. Can you be bold to tell God to bless
you as a leader because what you are currently doing is more about the
people and less of yourself or is it vice versa? The current trend where
leaders accumulate ill-gotten wealth for themselves and for their
children and leave THE PEOPLE in abject poverty leaves much to be
desired. Our institutions, churches, communities and the entire nation
are in dire need of leaders who are pro-people. Leaders who will place
the interest of the people first before theirs. There is a mandate God
has placed upon every leader. It is a mandate to care for the people,
love the people, serve the people, govern the people well and help the
people to fulfill their purpose in life. As a leader there is need for
self-examination. Before you pray for God’s blessings can you answer
this question; In whose interest is your leadership? Bow your head and
pray this prayer “Oh God may I never be a disappointment to your kingdom
and to my generation as a Leader!”
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Tony Orji

Dr. Tony Orji is the founder and owner of Success Tonics Blog. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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