Magufuli desires victory, must be ready to fight for it
During the first six months of his presidency, Dr. John Pombe Magufuli has proved that he is the right and true leader the country has been waiting for. President Magufuli has also proved that he has the rare power of influencing people to move towards new, positive directions for their benefit.
Here I am tempted to quote what John C. Maxwell says in his book, “The 21 irrefutable laws of leadership.” Maxwell says: “People have so many misconceptions about leadership.
“When they hear that someone has an impressive title or an assigned leadership position, they assume that he is a leader.
“Sometimes that is true. But tittles don’t have much value when it comes to leading. True leadership cannot be awarded, appointed, or assigned.
“It comes only from influence, and that cannot be mandated. It must be earned. To move people in a new direction, you need influence.”
And indeed, President Magufuli has creatively moved Tanzanians towards a new direction – to have a vision showing that this country is not poor—but simply poorly managed.
For example, poor management that leaves a lot to be desired is vividly seen in the collection of taxes. President Dr. Magufuli and his team comprising cabinet ministers that include Premier Kassim Majaliwa, has exposed trillions of tax revenue within 100 days in office, which must have been slotted into the Treasury. But instead it was tucked in the loins of evaders!
This means the evaders recycled the tax during the number of years it remained unpaid to fatten their profits.
Under the “no-nonsense” President John Pombe Magufuli therefore, the situation is being re-jigged to yield increased collection to finance the dilapidated infrastructure and the needy social and security services.
To move people towards a positive direction Tanzania needs not only proactive leaderships but also the kind of leadership that makes things happen by positively influencing the citizenry, creatively.
The kind of leadership that qualifies under this description is that of John Pombe Magufuli.
He may not be conscious of the fact that he has these precious qualities of influence, creativity, reactivity. Yet we see him exuding them as he addresses the people at public rallies.
When he speaks–as a true leader – people listen because he does not only hold the position as President, but more so, the power of influencing the people to move towards the intended vision as a person with a creating mind.
According to Howard Gardner, the Creating mind breaks new ground. It puts forth new ideas, poses unfamiliar questions, conjures up fresh ways of thinking, and arrives at unexpected answers.”
“Ultimately, these creations must find acceptance among knowledgeable consumers,” he says in his book,”5 minds for the future”.
Maxwell also discusses the knowledge myth, with reference to Sir Francis Bacon who said knowledge is power.”
“Most people who believe that power is the essence of leadership, naturally assume that those who posses knowledge and intelligence are leaders. But that is not automatically true”, Maxwell argues.
This argument knocks off that of bigots or those engulfed in the Jeremiah Complex – those who see nothing good in a person who, among other qualities, have lesser education than themselves.
Indeed, we have in our universities brilliant research scientists, philosophers, who possess immense knowledge in various fields of learning, yet do not have leadership qualities.
Sure and it is true that as a human being, he has his weakness. Yet the weakness cannot rob him the fact that he is a man of influence.
“The true measure of leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less,” argues Maxwell under the chapter that discusses what he calls “The law of influence.”
“If you don’t have influence, you will never be able to lead others,” he says. He gives the example of Princess Diana, late wife of Prince Charles. She was worldly known as a leader.
Diana’s leadership qualities were exhibited when she involved herself in activities of helping the needy in many countries.
She started by rallying people to causes such as AIDS research, care for people with leprosy, and a ban on land mines. She was quite influential in bringing the ban on land mines to the attention of world leaders…
“Diana has been characterized in many ways. But one word that I have never heard used to describe her is leader.
“Yet that’s what she was. Ultimately, she made things happen because she was an influence,” Maxwell says in his book on “the question of leadership”.
Similarly, President Dr. John Pombe Magufuli has turned out to be a leader par excellence.
Here, I am tempted to quote what one of Africa’s great prophet, of Nigerian TB Joshua, who recently said in his Sunday preaching in Nigeria, that “he, who desires victory, must be ready to fight”.
President Magufuli has openly declared war against corrupt people in Tanzania. The corrupt people include embezzlers of public funds, fraudsters, grabbers of public plots, drug traffickers.
He is quite aware of the consequence of his public declaration to fight these marauding human wolves. He is ready for them.
Yet again, I am quoting Prophet T.B Joshua, who at the same ceremony said the Biblical Joseph who was thrown into a dark pit by his brothers who later lifted him out and sold him to passing Egyptian traders, did not look at the tragedy he had fallen into.
Since Joseph dreamed he was being worshipped by his brothers, he envisioned the “crown”–which he would become what he would be in the dream. And, indeed, he became governor in Egypt. “From a jack to a king” to be worshipped by his relatives.
President Dr. John Pombe Magufuli does not see the dangers that threaten him. He simply envisions the success, the “crown” or light at the other end of the tunnel as he soldiers on to where he belongs!
• Ernest Ambali is a free lance veteran journalist.
President John Magufuli.