THE EDITOR, Sir:
"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent." - Anonymous
In light of the swirling rumours that the Jamaica Labour Party might be conducting an election in the near future, the handling of the matter by the party leader, Andrew Holness, shows him to be a weak leader, although he also comes across as dedicated and committed to the party.
He seems to have forgotten that he was not elected but had the position passed on to him. The democratic process should be allowed to proceed without hindrance.
Additionally, this election would assist in grading his leadership during his tenure as leader and give him a chance to grow and mature for the position of prime minister.
PUT EMOTIONS ASIDE
Personally, I believe if Holness is challenged, win or lose, he should accept the result gracefully and support the winner for the benefit of the party if he loses. This would show that the party and its members have put their emotions aside for the benefit of our country.
Generally, Holness has potential as a leader, whether as party leader or prime minister. During his tenure as JLP party leader, he has garnered information on the ground in reference to the plight of the Jamaican populace, and has become an informative public voice on matters affecting the country and the activities of the Government, especially when the present Government is tight-lipped. This is commendable. However, it would be refreshing for the Opposition to tell us not only their criticism, but alternatives to the proposals of the Government.