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Everybody defines leadership differently but I really like the way Prof Kojo Yankah defines leadership per how he described John Mahama’s leadership style in his Facebook post. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way and can prove to be a difference maker between success and failure. A good leader has a futuristic vision and knows how to turn his ideas into real world success stories. Some of the important leadership qualities that separate good leaders from a bad one include: Affability, humility, honesty, confidence, Good Communicator, Decision -making capabilities, strategic planning. According to Prof Kojo Yankah, Mr John Mahama have all the mentioned traits. To become a good leader, you must have all the qualities mentioned in Prof Yankah’s post but if you lack some of these qualities, then you might struggle to make the mark in the world’s leadership. Innovation and creative thinking, as well as the futuristic vision, are a couple of key traits which make a leader stands out.
I am still struggling to understand the logic behind the good Prof’s advice to the former President not to come back after all the beautiful things he said about him. Is the good Prof concerned about good leadership and the country’s development, or the roadside argument about the return of the former President being perpetuated by his political opponents who have never hidden their anti Mahama stance and have always prayed for his exit and defeat.
The Rwanda case has become the yardstick for measuring performance of our leaders and our general performance. Rwanda is what it is today because of continuity of policies and stable political leadership. Their President was there before Mahama took over from Prof Mills but still considered the best among his contemporaries on the continent.
Prof mentioned Jimmy Carter to support his assertion but failed to mention Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Grover Cleveland. Yea, Roosevelt was in charge of America from 1932/33 to mid 1945, when he died in office. He was strategically retained because of the Great Depression in the 1930s and World War II. Grover Cleveland after his second second attempt defeat, defeated Harrison to recapture the Presidency. Jimmy Carter would have loved to lead America if had the opportunity.
Prof should also know that it’s customary in politics to tout a candidate’s experience in government. What should matter to Prof and those who hold same view is Mahama’s ideas for the future. Does a surgeon need to be experienced in surgery? Most certainly they do. Why? The stakes are very high and a life depends on skill, born of experience. Likewise, a President should have some degree of experience, because, like the surgeon the stakes are too high to leave the job to someone with no foundation of knowledge or understanding of scope. Presidents need political experience to be an efficient President.
Most of the people aspiring to lead the NDC in the 2020 election are political contemporaries of Prof Kojo Yankah. If Prof’s logic is anything to go by, then all those who served under the Rawlings’ regimes ( PNDC/ NDC) must say goodbye to active politics for fresh legs to come on broad. Most of them served at various levels of government under Rawlings and Mills but are still aspiring to lead the party and eventually lead the nation if they get the nod.
Prof Yankah on a number of occasions have reeled out a torrent of subsisting problems and deficiencies of the Akufo Addo presidency. Banks are collapsing, businesses are collapsing, the cedi is still suffocating, corruption has increased unprecedented according to Transparency International, high nepotism, hunger, poverty and diseases have increased. The NHIS and the school feeding programmes are collapsing, unemployment has gone up astronomically under the current administration.
I am sure Prof Kojo Yankah rained the praises on Mr John Mahama because of his achievements in government including; bequeathing to Nana Akufo-Addo a Ghana – with the most stable currency in West Africa, Ghana rated number one in West Africa in terms of human development index, second to South Africa in terms of electricity supply and expansion, projected to grow by 8percent by the world bank because of investments in the oil and gas sectors, rated the best place for doing business in West Africa. What about the unprecedented infrastructural development including the roads, schools, hospitals etc.
Prof described the Former President as an affable person, so why did he choose his Facebook wall as the best platform to offer his advice when there are more convenient avenues he could have channeled his advice. We reject or advise friends on their reelection ambitions based on their previous performance and performance of the incumbent. According to Prof in his post, Mahama’s performance was excellent and he exhibited excellent leadership skills. The current administration has disappointed Ghanaians including its die-hard supporters and Prof himself on a number of occasions has questioned the competence of the President his men so…..why is he not joining the Mahama comeback crusade.
Source: Ohenenana Obonti Krow