Wed | Oct 20, 2021

Do as I say, not as I do

Published:Saturday | September 18, 2021 | 12:06 AM


Leadership by example is a thing of the past. In any case, it was just too difficult to practise. Sustainable, but difficult. On the other hand, ‘model yourself after my instructions, not my actions’ is by far an easier principle to adopt and practise, albeit unsustainable. It implies that the user is imperfect and prone to mistakes. So it would be wise to take the advice but not mimic the actions. Unfortunately, our political leaders seem to have entrenched this principle.

Under the glare of public stare, they can advocate against partner abuse and violence, but in private, verbally and physically assault their partners and then remain deafeningly silent in the absence of crystal-clear evidence. Or during a pandemic, they can strongly encourage the citizenry to wear masks in public, observe physical distance and tan a dem yaad. But in private, gather at posh locations for parties, dispense with wearing masks and observing physical distance. Those rules are for the common man, not the political directorate and their cronies.

Perchance they are caught with pants around ankle, two career-saving options are available: hire a spin doctor to confuse the undereducated, since the educated are likely to philosophise actions and words; or bend the knees, say sorry and beg for ‘forgetfulness’. Either way, nine days will pass in the blink of an eye, and all will be forgotten.

Self-discipline, integrity and honour among our political leaders are endangered. Political leadership deficit on the rise!