Different kinds of leaders exist. There are clean leaders and there are scratched or stained leaders. Some have been falsely accused while others have been nailed based on evidence. The thing about a leader is that your actions can either be a scratch, a stain or a testament of your leadership.
When you hear a person being described as a good leader, it is because his actions validate the principles that he stands for. In the same vein, when you hear of an individual being described as a bad leader, it is because their actions have violated the principles they stood for.
Usually, followers describe leaders as Good Oga, Bad Oga, Good leader, Bad leader, Selfish man, Generous man, Agbero, Olotu, etc. They find a way of crafting names for their leaders that describe their leadership orientation and behavior. Try and find out what names your team members call you and you will be amazed at what you will hear. Reason is you are perceived based on your actions and not your intentions. Any leader who preaches good intentions and acts differently can only succeed in deceiving their followers in the short run. Intentions only become meaningful when they are transformed into reality.
These general frameworks can fail either totally or in part due to scratched or stained leadership. Scratched or stained leadership occurs when the philosophical basis upon which a leader assumes authority to direct and provide guidance to others become tainted due to either his own activities or those of his lieutenants who subsequently introduces strange ideas that undermines the general principles of the order or establishment. This is where the apples begin to get blighted and rotten. Stained leadership begins to thrive when toxic behaviours begin to permeate the structure, when the original vision is being substituted for another and when rationalization replaces authenticity.
A leader must fight against his actions being scratched or stained with wrong labels like corruption, nepotism, ineffectiveness, ineptitude, favouritism, lack of sincerity and care. A leader protects his vision, actions and image. When the vision gets blurred, actions become weak, the image fades to insignificance and the leadership is stained with failure. A cute leader tells and shows the way. A failed leader explains and blames. A leader’s activities are dependent on a culture of principles and performance of well-articulated goals and objectives. These goals are shared within the leadership team to enhance understanding, create an atmosphere of trust, give direction and activate cohesion in driving defined processes of planned actions. In doing this the leader creates and defines the key components, characteristic behaviours and culture that drives their belief, philosophy and overall team performance.Join Our Social Media Community