Manuel says leaders are everywhere

2012-10-14 13:23

Johannesburg - There is no textbook on leadership and the opportunities to exercise leadership vary greatly with time and circumstances, Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel said on Saturday.

"The challenges of leadership in government are much more difficult," he said in a speech prepared for delivery at the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation's annual conference in Johannesburg.

"The first and obvious difficulty is having to, seamlessly, lead both government and an organisation outside of government."

Manuel said that in order to understand the challenge of leadership, the history of South Africa should first be understood.

He said that active citizenship required "inspirational leadership at all levels of society" and that leadership does not just refer to one person or a tight collective of people.

Leadership qualities

"Community leaders and public figures should demonstrate leadership qualities that include... The ability to lead by example and to follow rules that apply to everyone," he said.

"Honesty, integrity and trustworthiness. Leaders are able to combine the ability to hold fast to a core set of values as enshrined in the Constitution with embracing change and agitating for transformation."

Manuel added that when it comes to making policies there is often difficulty with the implementation process, which frequently gets the least attention.

"There is a particular weakness in the discourse across South Africa - we are immensely happy to discuss policy or allocations of resources, and appear to lose interest in the vigilance required over implementation," he said.

"As a consequence of all of these factors, the debates on leadership are frequently misplaced and too often focuses on leadership of party and state at the highest level, ignoring the reality that for leadership to succeed it has to be multifaceted and deeply layered."

Manuel said the country should be governed and lead by men and women who will respect the values of the Constitution, including the supremacy thereof and the rule of law.

Struggle is continuous

"As we are of the view that the struggle is continuous, so the responsibilities of leadership have to be continuous," he said.

"Sure, points of emphasis may change, but the responsibilities are continuous.

"The only way to deal with this is to appreciate the need for constant and continuous renewal, frequently of the values and ethics, rather than the individuals."

He added that part of the judgement was whether leaders pause to reflect on their actions to ensure they were doing the correct things.

  • dee.bone.39 - 2012-10-14 13:42

    Currently we have disastrously poor leaders and puppet leaders ru(i)nning the country. Which one are you Trevor. Last all respect for you a while ago

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-10-14 15:01

      I dont agree with this tati, its more excuses to be bad leaders. There are many countries in africa with good leaders they do not steal the tax and those countries dont have crime and corruption like south africa.

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-10-14 15:42

      Trevor, if you live in Limpopo, there is no textbooks on anything

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-14 16:04

      Trevor is right, most of them we find them on NEWS 24, but they are best to lead with farting..

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-15 09:18

      Its is so easy to google "how to become a leader etc"........@dee.bone.39 I agree. He jumped ship ages ago, married into power, and money, and now sipping his whiskey at sundown, he hands out stale advice. eeekkk... Oh wait! he has so many hours that he HAS to attend meetings, and make speeches....(the hand-book of how to act like a minister) ....Africa is not for sissies....

  • lex.holmes2 - 2012-10-14 13:47

    Unfortunately anything you say lacks credibility by reason of your association with the ANC.

      Johann Enslin - 2012-10-14 14:54

      Ad hominem Graig. Lazy boy!

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-10-15 01:05

      Craig you chop, the second part of your sentence makes f*ck all sense. just because it sounds fancy doesnt mean it makes sense. well in your case its definitely nonsensical drivel

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-14 13:56

    That's an over simplification , actually saying nothing really, as real leaders are also found in pre- lightning strikes with disastrous consequences for some in any case at times.

  • charles.szente - 2012-10-14 14:20

    I genuinely like Trevor Manual, but my first thought when reading the article was "there is no textbook... In Limpopo". Our biggist failure as a country is not educating its people. Government cannot take advantage of business opportunities, promotion opportunities, growth. But educated people can! A educated, value driven leader can make good things happen. Even a potentially good leader can make disasterous choices because they don't know any better. If we are to change this country for the better, remove all barriers to education, up to varsity level. Good education, with high standards. It would not surprise me if the German model post world war 2 has been a huge driver in its success! And guess what, its all do able!

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-10-15 01:07

      Trevor must be losing his mind if he thinks theres no textbook on leadership. theres probably a couple hundred. maybe he should try reading one

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-14 14:21

    If the ANC could only have elected miniters and officials who had integrity and adhered to the constitution and were loyal and honest what a difference it would have made today. Ministers and officials have got their positions by being politically connected and they did not have any credentials or the skills for the posts they were given. Hence, these are the people that have led to the downfall of the ANC. They are responsible for the current mess and both the president and the deputy president just turned a blind eye. The ANC to be truthful has become nothing but a lying deceitful and corrupt thieving party. Sorry to be so blunt to their supporters. Most people are not worried if their government is black, green or purple but those people who get elected into various posts need to be able to do their job and we need to be able to trust them. Majority of people at the moment dont believe a word what comes out of the ANC...lies and corrupting is all people see when the read or listen to any minister or even our president says. Greed has become the downfall of this organisation, they have self destructed. Only a good man who is loyal and hardworking can be their saviour, but who amongst any of these people being nominated can come out and save them before its too late. Black people are scared to change, scared in case apartheid will come back, but apartheid never went, it just changed colour. Its just a pity people wont look forward always look in the past.

  • irvin.mkhari - 2012-10-14 14:23

    he has a personality of been a leader,he can lead SA. he deserve to be a president of this country.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-10-15 01:09

      yea i'd take him over zoom zoom or even mothlanthe. but he's still a clown for being part of that useless joke of a political party it is today

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-15 09:19

      You are obviously very young?

  • Thelma Nkosi - 2012-10-14 14:33

    i wish one day this country gives you a chance to be our president, I'm convinced that you can do much better for this country.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-10-15 01:10

      if you want better for this country stop voting for the ANC !!!!!!!!!

  • Johann Enslin - 2012-10-14 14:51

    He should stop being a politician.

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-14 15:30

    in order to understand the challenge of leadership the history of south africa should first be understood thats true you can not be a qualified leader just because you only understand about a certain race tribe gender or religion YOU need about each and every SA individual.

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-10-14 15:54

    If Zuma can lead , any goat herder with a STD 3 can lead.

  • clive.kihn - 2012-10-14 16:14

    So where are these leaders, Trevor; certainly not in the ANC? Real leaders would have spoken out against the anarchy and violence we have had lately, and against the corrupton and mismanagement we see on a daily basis. Your development plan has some commendable ideas, but that's all they are - ideas - very little concrete, so to speak. We need swift implementation, but this will not be forthcoming because of the deadwood with antiquated and discredited ideas who form much of the cabinet. I predict that very little of your plan will actually see the light of day. Nice try, Trevor, but doomed, I'm afraid.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-14 16:20

    "we are immensely happy to discuss policy or allocations of resources, and appear to lose interest in the vigilance required over implementation" and that is the ruin of the country. Govt talks a good game but are unable to DO anything. All the current government is able to do is lead us up the garden path. We'd like some people appointed who can actually do more than talk a good game and spend our money trying to out-do each other leading Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous

  • yolanda.haripersad.1 - 2012-10-14 16:21

    If there was a text book for leadership, for sure the ANC won't be able to deliver it. Recommend that the whole ANC read leadership for dummies, order via late delivery!!

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-14 17:13

    Trevor??? Have you lost it altogether now? The entire presidency is blind to the reality of the nation especially the bulk of it being the youth - and therein lies the tragedy! Doling out such vast sums of money the way the state has to irresponsible inexperienced and unethical and immoral youngsters because they have a specific political affiliation serving a 'regimes' bidding will come back full circle and bite the masters hand harshly and ravage everything along with it. Your party has set precedent to stymie real small business for a long time to come - having experienced first hand myself the lack of aptitude and preparedness they all exhibit in management and administrative control no matter from which part of the country they hail from. Simply soul destroying! THINK - R675 BILLION misappropriated in a few short years! What IS wrong with you? Hopefully not brain fogged on viagra type stuff as is the higher leadership levels of this regime

  • Prince Bird - 2012-10-14 17:24

    The quality of becoming a leader in ANC is to be corrupt ask Juju. And if ur innocent boot is waiting for u ask Mbeki.

  • chris.vandermerwe.560 - 2012-10-14 18:13

    Everywhere? Except on the "job"????

  • kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-14 19:20

    If there are leaders everywhere why is the ANC so short of them? Most of the so called leaders in the ANC have all the leadership traits of a headless chicken.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-10-15 01:13

      haha yea

  • phuti.hlabane - 2012-10-14 20:24

    I'm surprised @ the likes of Manuel for allowing an immoral guy like Zuma to their leader.i think he wants a job desperately .

  • lance.spear.3 - 2012-10-14 21:31

    Its easy to lead in South Africa. Buy an Armini Suit an X5 and a blue light and you are there.

  • lance.spear.3 - 2012-10-14 21:40

    If we could just teach our leaders one simple thing we could be ok. THOU SHALL NOT STEAL

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-15 09:21

      2nd rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you....

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