|The world is always well supplied with people who|
wish to rule and dominate others. The true leader is of a different
sort: he seeks effective activity which has a truly beneficent
purpose. He inspires others to follow in his wake, and holding aloft
the torch of wisdom, leads the way for society to realize its genuinely
great aspirations. ...
...In any normal society, every one has some opportunity to show
himself as a leader. Even the mechanic or clerk who has an assistant
assigned to him not to speak of the doctor with all his helpers, or the
officer who commands his troops, is a leader. Within his own sphere,
each has the same opportunities for showing ability, and the same
potential satisfactions as has the leader of government. The leader is
marked out by his individual craftsmanship, his sensibility and
insight, his initiative and energy. ...
... The true leader is one who realizes by faith that he is an
instrument in the hands of God, and dedicates himself to be a
guide and inspirer of the nobler sentiments and aspirations of
the people. He will kindle interest, teach, aid, correct and
inspire. Those whom he leads will co-operate with him in
maintaining discipline for the good of the group. He will instruct
his followers in the goals towards which to strive, and create in
them a sense of mutual effort for attaining the goal.
|Haile Selassie the First - July 17, 1959|