Leadership Qualities

Leadership Qualities


The basics of electing leaders are on attributes of qualities of committed and capable leaders.

Capable leaders have the following attitudes and qualities;

Acumen - the ability to understand deeply and judge wisely


Courage to perform what is required by the members

Determination, energy and dynamism (power to act and achieve goals)

Fairness and honesty, openness


Humility (not pride, able to admit where one has gone wrong)

Integrity, (dignity not promiscuity)

Strong (not lending passively without guidance or dictating)

Trustworthy because leaders are often responsible for large amounts of money.


Communication skills and meeting skills

Identifying needs and choosing priorities

Analysing problems with members


Supervision and co-ordination

Conflict resolution

Negotiation skills

Knowledge of the Constitution, procedures

Enterprise management


Imposed Leadership

  • Unfair Voting Practices
  • Leaders not answerable to members to their Patrons/Sponsors/Masters
  • Discourages people in participating in future elections

Weak Leadership

  • Lack of
  • Communication skills
  • Coordination
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Enterprise development
  • No training programmes

Lack of shares/collective leadership - conflicting statements

Self-interested Leaders

  • Leaders interested in own business
  • Distorted priorities, for example expensive parties at the expense of educational seminars for members, abundant beer but serious shortages of water or basic medicines

Corrupt Leaders - become affluent in the shortest possible time. Gangsterism

Promiscuous Leaders

  • Abuse of one's position/power (ZAA) e.g.
  • Lack of trust in the Leader by members
  • Irresponsible bahaviour

Nepotism Leaders

  • Showing favouritism to friends and relatives

Destructive power struggles

  • Dismissals of members or leaders
  • Petitions
  • Factions

Short-sighted Leaders

  • Think/live for the day and forget about the future

Institutional Weaknesses

  • These breed weak leaders and passive members - institutions cannot realise goals.
  • Institutional capacity building and consolidation - firm foundation.


One ingredient for producing capable and committed leadership is to apply the concept of the three V's namely;

VISION:The blue print of what our aspirations/intentions are. This is

our mental picture of what we want to achieve.

VENTURE:These are the tools of analysis and construction. The

Practical steps towards the attainment of the VISION. This

Is the firm foundation. Sustenance and continuity,

Leadership building.

VICTORY:The final and blossoming of our efforts in meeting the

Challenges, changes and conflicts, fruition of our efforts.


A Sense of Decency

(circumstances when it is proper to be ashamed)

  • Before your parents, be ashamed of immoral behaviour
  • Before a judge, be ashamed of criminal
  • Before a friend, be ashamed of dishonesty,
  • Be ashamed of breaking a promise
  • Be ashamed of staring at another man's wife
  • Be ashamed of betraying secrets
  • Before your members, be ashamed of failing to deliver the goods.

SIRACH 40:14-23


Don't ask advice of anyone who doesn't trust you and don't give advice to anyone who is jealous of you.

How do you ask a coward about war?

How do you ask a stingy person about gratitude?

How do you ask a cruel person about kindness?

How do you ask a lazy person about work?

SIRACH 37:7-13


If you try to be honest, you can be, and it will improve your character as handsome clothing improves your appearance.

SIRACH 27:8-10