Julius Babarinsa

Leaders And The Followers - Poem by Julius Babarinsa

Why are there few leaders and so many followers?
It is a fact of life that we all cannot be leaders
The question now is – are leaders born or made?
How do you know who is a leader or a follower?

Leaders are known to be always in front of the action
while the followers walked behind them
The leaders cannot walk too far ahead
else they will lose contact with their followers
Leaders lead because they know the right way
The leaders lead because they have vision
They have the power to look ahead and speculate
This is the ability to see tomorrow – today

Leaders must possess integrity and credibility
There must be transparency and accountability
Successful leaders must feel what the followers
are feeling and imagine being in their shoes
Good leaders lead by examples and kind deeds
not by empty words of mouth and cruelty
To maintain and retain the trust of the followers
leaders must be charitable, principled and tactful

There are notable leaders in all spheres of life
There are national leaders and leaders of legislature
There are civil leaders and leaders of the armed forces
We have band leaders, leaders of political parties
leaders of learning institutions, business leaders and more

The quality of leadership often sprinkles on the followers
Good leaders are sources of inspiration to the followers
The goal of the leader should be the overall
development and progress of the followers
Only leaders with vision and decency will succeed
in leading the followers to a bright and successful future

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Poem Edited: Saturday, June 25, 2005

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