Leaderships in South Africa- Top 6 Traits in Political Candidates
For most people, the candidate to vote for is one who stands with a particular political party. As a result, not many people give consideration to the fact that the person under consideration may not have the traits needed for the job. For a few wise persons, however, electing a certain candidate is only possible after looking at his or her unique traits. Here are 6 leadership qualities that a good government leader must possess at all times.
No political campaign period is complete without promises from the candidates who are yearning for your vote. So, ensure to keep a keen eye to distinguish between promises that are idealistic and realistic in nature. An electorate that does not make this distinction always ends up with unfulfilled promises, years after the person they voted in assumes office and forgets about the pledges made. The ability of a political candidate to keep his or her word is a rare trait but it forms the foundation of all other qualities.
Though differences of opinion are present at all times, a good leader appreciates that fact and tries to find a middle ground at all times. Due to the differences in backgrounds and experiences, divergent views will always form part of the political landscape. As a result, all legitimate democracies will always have opposition parties and personalities. A desirable aspect about them is the fact that they introduce new ways of looking at things, meaning that, at the end, only the best solution is utilized for the good of the community.
Voters everywhere are looking for honest leaders because the trait is a rare one. However, honesty is a trait that is not easy to come across because most characters are just looking for approval, meaning that they will say what they want you to hear. Dependable leaders will always utter truthful statements even if they hurt their election bids.
Independence is a critical trait of any government or political leader. The reason is that a majority of the characters in office are just doing the bidding of foreign nations or powerful businesspersons in their jurisdictions. An independent candidate will always receive campaign funding from well-known sources and will never side with any person or organization.
Many of the problems in society are due to the fact that nobody wants to take responsibility for their misdeeds. In most cases blame games will rule the day, and that will make it difficult to move forward because the source of the problem will be tough to find. Good leaders will even step aside when accused of misdeeds, irrespective of the fact that they could be innocent.
Selflessness is a critical leadership trait. Sadly, many of the persons who venture into politics do so for selfish reasons that range from the need to carry out their illegal business activities uninterrupted or to get lucrative government contracts. There are those who will never relinquish power when their terms come to an end and will even change the respective constitutions to make that happen.
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