Student leadership when everything else is #Falling

pic1There are two types of leaders,“born leaders and situational leaders”. Situational leaders will come from unexpected places to carry the baton, the required distance. Born leaders are always there to live by example, especially during difficult times.


Recently we have observed that good leadership almost always translates to social change. In making sense of the task of bringing about social change through good leadership, we first need to understand the meaning of the word, leadership should be defined as the ability to go ahead; to bring together an action and a vision of the future in order to produce change.

The world as we currently know it is in dire need of good ethical leaders who will not merely fight to maintain the status quo”, but leaders “who see a better future and act accordingly”.

I believe that these leaders are out there, they are not necessarily the loud ones with the molokotov  but they are the quite observers who are hesitant to raise their hand and speak out as.They have the depth and  degree of leadership required to bring about change. This form of leadership does not only demonstrate personal efforts, but embodies self-sacrifice, exhibits influence, and uses systems worth following, to accomplish a task.

As a shepherd leads his flock to the safety of home at nightfall, so too shall these leaders follow from behind and be watchful as the people take responsibility of their familiar tasks. A shepherd’s most important task is to merely keep his flock united but to also gently steer them in the right direction, especially those who are most prone to stray away.

The revolutions of the past and present were started by young people, the #Fallists movements as an example where persons between the ages twenty and forty are at the heart of these uprisings. We saw a similar trend in the Apartheid struggle of the past and the current student uprisings demanding equitable access to a decolonized tertiary education.

The time is still coming were a new form of thought leaders will take the center stage and facilitate the change we all need. Their fundamental purpose would be to help us re imagine the South Africa we would all like to live in 10 20 years from now. It shall be the younger generation that will steer the country to routes that will help us reach that destination the quickest and safest.  This is a matter of tremendous important to our future, it can not be left in the hands childish old people.  People younger than twenty are too naive to challenge society and people older than forty are too comfortable with the status quo to do anything about it.

Finally these sort of leadership that will usher us to a South Africa of our envisioning are facing a tedious task of striking the ying-yand of leadership, where they have to “take the moderate route”, and always fine-tuning the balance of “overt”activism with often unacknowledged “covert” actions. They will have to differentiate between urgent tasks and the important ones, and when key issues require action;as timing is very important. 


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