After 25 years of NDC, where have we placed our youth? After 25 years of NDC, what kind of investment have we made into the lives of our youth?
The youth front of the great NDC became the most debilitated, feeble and anemic because the youth feel hopeless. The transformation process of the party is enervated hence the abysmal performance during both the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections.
And I have these to say, *WE ARE ALL BROKEN LEADERS.*As a political party, we must embrace transformational leadership style where a leader works with subordinates to identify needed change, creating a vision to guide the change through inspiration, and executing the change in tandem with committed members of a group.
Transformational leadership serves to enhance the motivation, morale, and job performance of followers through a variety of mechanisms; these include connecting the follower’s sense of identity and self to a project and to the collective identity of the party; being a role model for followers in order to inspire them and to raise their interest in the project; challenging followers to take greater ownership for their work, and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of followers, allowing the leader to align followers with tasks that enhance their performance.
Outcomes of Transformational Leadership:
1. It creates a supportive environment where responsibility is shared.
2. Encourages actions that support the party rather than personal interests.
3. Break through status quo; have freedom to set strategy and change direction.
4. Earn genuine trust, respect, and admiration from your team (grassroot).
5. Influence performance and business impact beyond expectations.
Dean Eltayeb once said that every single great leader, though strong in many regards, is simultaneously weak. We are susceptible to ‘diseases’- factors that attack our leadership ‘immune system’, so to speak, It is the diverse weaknesses and strengths of each other that makes us powerful’’ As a political party, we must sort to building resistance to the temptations of corruption and self-interest and we fortify one another through support and guidance. We all have our own unique strengths and as a collective, there is nothing we can’t conquer.
As a political party, our leadership journey is far stronger as a collective than as individual leaders. Too often, when we look at leadership, we celebrate the hero at the front. We remember icons like Flt Lf J.J Rawlings after he took up the challenge to make Ghana work again but in reality no leader acts alone.
Transformative leaders build movements and create teams that complement the weaknesses of the leader. Rawlings for example, would have achieved far less if it wasn’t for his ‘right hand men’—like Capt. Boakye Djan, Major Mensah Poku , Major Mensah Gbedemah, Leading Aircraftman Gatsiko etc who shared his dream (and jail cells), and worked tirelessly side by side with him to bring about a successful coup and the establishment of the NDC at a later time.
As a political party our transformation process must be strengthen, let’s give room to the intellectual youth wing of the party to showcase their intellect, dedication, pragmatism and their unwavering energy in bringing back the party to power as well as retaining the party in power all years.
The TEIN fraternity shouldn’t be seen as a threat to the big guys because we are not. To be a successful person you must find a successor and that should be the priority of our leaders. The party leadership must strengthen the CENTER- LEFT POLITICAL POSITION in other to tap into the talent and abilities of young comrades and the grass root.
If there is one secret to our success as leaders of the party, it is this: our leaders must surround themselves with people who are far more talented than they are, people who are more creative than they are, and people whose values are far stronger than theirs because they will make up for your shortcomings, and supplement your strengths. It is this pooled force of leadership that drives any large-scale change.
As we wait patiently for congress, let’s go in for transformational leaders, leaders that will assign and delegate work based on talents and interests and also challenge the youth. Let’s look out for leaders that will support the career development of their youth and show concern for their well-being as people not just as workers. Let’s look out for leaders that encourage creativity, provide intellectual stimulation, foster innovation by challenging assumptions about what can and cannot be done, react to mistakes and failures in a way that shows that you condone risk-taking.
Leaders that will support their youth, provide resources, and remove barriers to change, approach problems as learning opportunities and show the youth the value for independent thinking.
AGENDA 2020 IS A DONE DEAL
LONG LIVE THE NDC
LONG LIVE THE INTELLECTUAL YOUTH WING
THE YOUTH AGENDA
THE TRANSFORMATIONAL AGENDA
Kumah Alfred Brown
TEIN PRESIDENT, TAKORADI TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY.