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These musings as ordinary as they are have been inspired daily by reflections on the leadership of someone I can best describe as a “Brother”. Put together as a diary, it is an attempt to make sense of the tyranny an individual with the help of a few cronies can exact on people of means but no voice. It also attempts to present an eschatology of the end of tyranny as is observed. Each entry tells part of the story as appropriately as is possible.

The art of making powerful enemies mostly depends on one’s willingness or compulsion [either] not to care or to care so much about what others do in your actions and reactions. When making enemies be prepared. – 30/06/2016

When an initially successful empleomaniac is lawfully and rightfully barred from / removed from public office, there is a monumental risk that he or she will revert from being a butterfly into a slug i.e. become an undisciplined monomaniac for power. Such a person becomes a menacing danger to society because inflicting wickedness indiscriminately on others is the most convenient way to compensate for the inability to hold public office. – 01/07/2016

Frustrated power occurs when its holder can no longer use entrusted power in any legitimate manner to achieve his or her preferred outcomes. This is usually a result of a sequence of instances of malfeasance, misfeasance or nonfeasance. Frustrated power may also be due to serious miscalculations in the use or non-use of power; incompetence. If one observes vigorous displays of power that are senseless, wasteful or vainglorious by a holder it is a very good indication of frustrated power happening especially at the end of his or her tenure. “Displays of power” and the “exercise of power” are not the same thing, the former requires undiscriminating force or desperation while the latter involves true or reasonable legitimacy. We must therefore not conflate “power” with the “illusions of power”. – 02/07/2016

While the discourses, representations and analysis of good and bad leadership is routinely a complex and contentious matter, the arithmetic is quite simple. Theft by leaders is regularly a mark of bad leadership, for stealing state resources with vested powers is easy and the worst crop of helmsmen can do it very well. Conversely, good leaders as a rule either transform the realms they govern into better entities or maintain the level of excellence achieved by predecessors by making the right investments with the right vision, such is their mark. To steal or not to steal or to invest and not to invest becomes the yardstick by which good and bad leadership is measured. In summary, a bad leader increases himself by decreasing everyone else while good leaders increase everyone else without decreasing himself. Is this not simple? – 03/07/2016

In the immediate post-WWII era, politics evolved into the best example of what leadership should produce i.e. the freedoms and capabilities of the individual to voluntarily express their best thoughts and efforts. It was a boon to the human spirit and the rights of the individual. Decadence has since supplanted such enabling conditions. The best product of leadership in our times are conditions that insult the human spirit and instruct the individual mostly in what he or she cannot do. Leaders, once agents of free individual expression have now become agents of stifling individual limitation. The individual is forced by his or her leader to live in a hole. Oppression, repression and the law (not justice) have thus become “legitimate” aspects of modern leadership even in a democracy not to talk of the obscured autocracies that pretend to be democracies. – 04/07/2016

Time is the magic of leadership and timeliness is the acumen of leading men and women. “If you do not know where you are going, I am not following you” is the best way electorates and followerships should hold leadership to account when considering the limitations of time. Leaders should know where they are going, where they are taking their supporters and the effects their actions will produce in the short, medium and long terms. When a leader needs time, a long time, to lead properly and produce the right or expected or possible results, he or she is unsure and incompetent; do you know of any exceptions? Great leadership has been produced from time to time in various places but not with unsure or clueless leaders begging for time. Two years, four years, five years, seven years are all very short times for poor leaders but enough or too much time for great ones. Leadership does not have extra time awarded in a democracy and autocracies create false illusions of extra time. What do you think? –  06/07/2016

The greatest apparent comeuppance for leadership (with all its paraphernalia) is when it is successfully held to ransom at a high cost to it by a nobody or it is decisively defeated by a small / minor quantity or thoroughly becraped by a seriously underestimated interest. Such entities are known as “Boiss”. Hubris, arrogance, self-assurance, delusions of grandeur, forgetfulness, naiveté, over-promotion, wickedness, truth-aversion are just some of the primary causes of the comeuppance that befalls a bad leader, eventually. Hindsight is of very little value to leaders in these circumstances and the revisions of lines of action in subsequent governance simply amplifies the primary causes of the comeuppance in question when hindsight is considered yet again. Bad leadership always ends up being brought down by greater forces but in many cases, the job is done by overlooked and underestimated but seriously aggrieved, disappointed and disaffected Boiss. Let us say cheers to Boiss! – 06/07/2016

Why is it that when ruthless leaders are embarrassed, defeated or overthrown they effortlessly resort to shedding tears? Oh yes, they cry! They weep like babies who really need to when the times go against them acutely. Regardless of the rationalisations, it is hard to explain why leaders rightfully described as super-tough, no-nonsense, most brutal, absolutely unforgiving, iron-like, steel-like and stone cold resort to shedding tears when is or appears to over. Many are quite content to witness and remember the ignominious and pitiable spectacular of a self-ascribing superhuman cry profusely when craped while emitting body signals that solicit exceeding sympathy and forgiveness, things they could never give others the times was theirs. Such ignominy, however, does not suffice for the punishment they rewardingly deserve. Hopefully, the tears are only the beginning of the retribution. Cry more! Cry! – 06/07/2016

Grimot Nane

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