Best lead­ers in­spire oth­ers, says don

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Lead­er­ship is some­thing a per­son should be ready for and not a role that one just as­sumes, said aca­demi­cian Tan Sri Dzulk­i­fli Ab­dul Razak.

"While it is reck­oned that now 'ev­ery­one can lead', it must be done to fol­low a pur­pose and to pre­serve and en­hance re­la­tion­ships in­volved. The best lead­ers are those who in­spire oth­ers to come to­gether for the achieve­ment of a higher pur­pose," he said in his key­note speech at the 9th Tun Suf­fian Memo­rial Lec­ture at Univer­siti Malaya yes­ter­day.

"While it is nice to be im­por­tant, it is more im­por­tant to be nice," said Dzulk­i­fli, who is also a colum­nist for theSun.

He added that a leader must un­der­stand the "mean­ing and higher pur­pose" of lead­er­ship and al­ways up­hold jus­tice for sub­or­di­nates or fol­low­ers.

"Ev­ery com­mu­nity and or­gan­i­sa­tion has its own unique cul­ture and tra­di­tion con­sist­ing of norms and at­ti­tudes based on its col­lec­tive his­tory and con­scious­ness. A leader who har­bours a hid­den un­eth­i­cal agenda can ren­der the en­tire lead­er­ship un­pro­duc­tive be­cause his 'pri­mary or in­ter­nal' re­la­tion­ship is poor."

He said the en­tire lead­er­ship would be worse if the fol­low­ers sus­pect that the lead­er­ship is un­eth­i­cal.

“For a bal­anced lead­er­ship, a leader should pos­sess four traits – jus­tice, wis­dom, courage and tem­per­ance.” – by Vathani Panirchel­lvum

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