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The past few days in Nagaland had left people wavering between feelings of suspense, confusion, and frustration amidst hope or even lost hope for a favourable outcome to the prolonged gridlock between leaders of the Tribal bodies and the Government. Now, we can reflect on the nature of events that unfolded, with wishes that if there is anything else that can be gained from this episode it is that Nagaland and its people will become wiser and use wiser counsel to lead, to support and to do the right thing. The definition of who is a true leader is examined by PS Reishangnim of BCom 6th Semester. PS Reishangnim was awarded the Tetso College Student of the Year Award by Hon’ble Governor P B Acharya in January on Scholastic Day 2017. She is currently the General Secretary of the Student Council.
The Strength of a ‘Leader’
Let us redefine the word ‘leader’. In my opinion, it means a state of serving others and connecting people. It has the title of ‘leader’ but is a profession of service. But as we look around at the situation of today’s generation in any political groups, government, or in society, being a leader means being powerful and authoritative. Let us think again to rebuild our society and nation for the future, is being powerful enough to be a leader? Humility, empathy, patience, and a forgiving nature are much-needed attributes in a leader. But the question is do we have these kind of leaders?
First of all, a leader should not be proud, but always be thankful to the followers. If there are no followers, there can’t be a leader. Let us look at our generation, I’m not saying that all the leaders are the same, but I’m talking about the general concept that we have. Almost everyone thinks that a leader is someone who has wealth, power, connection, etc. We generally despise the quality of a leader being humble, kind, and persuasive.
Today our society is in total chaos. A time has come for us to question our beliefs, motives, concepts, and actions. We blame our leaders. Well of course, “a tree moves when the wind blows”. Some leaders are not honest as they should be. They practice biased living. They work for their own benefits and seem to forget that they are at their position because of who they now ignore.
Leaders should have the vision of the mission that they stand for. They should have the ability to think and capability to arrange and visualise for the future. Those with principles can stand up in every situation, regardless of the situation. Leaders should plan beforehand. They should have clear ideas of the responsibilities that have to be taken up.
Leaders cannot work alone, they always need co-ordination. Goals can be achieved only when there is unity in the team. A leader should maintain a good relationship with all and respect opinions. Communication also plays a vital role in the welfare of the society. A good society can be formed only when there is a proper flow of communication. A leader should make sure that no information is misinterpreted. A single misunderstanding can put the entire society at stake. Leaders should work selflessly for the welfare of the society. They should always be ready to help others in need and stay away from human greed. Being able to compromise, and remaining optimistic is crucial to the success of the leader.
A leader does not mean the burden has to be carried alone. Being a leader in the society shows the person’s capability to take up the responsibilities that have been assigned. It also shows the faith that people have in her/him. Leaders have been given the privilege to start the change that we want to see in the society.
We have talked about bringing change in the society many times, and every form of social media has posts about changes we long for. But are we practicing what we speak? Are we taking the responsibility? Everyone should be a part of the change and not the leaders alone. Yes, it is the leaders who should take the first step as they have the platform, rights, position, and opportunity to start the work. The scope for creating an impact as a leader is tremendous. No matter what, you may be a student leader or a church leader, or you may be leading any organisation, you must work to make things better for everyone.
Now let us ask ourselves, should we follow the footsteps of our ancestors in bringing changes? Yes, we have to, since we have our own culture and tradition to keep. It forms our identity. But since the world is changing and our living standard is higher, we should make certain changes in the way we think. We need to adapt. Those who can’t adapt, fade away! The world is just a global village, everything is interconnected. Though our mind may be manipulated by the current situation, we youngsters should be aware of what is right and wrong. We should have our own principles and be careful enough not to endorse any corrupt activity.
As the saying goes, “students are the pillars of tomorrow”, we are the leaders of tomorrow. We are the ones who will complete the unfinished work of our parents. As the future of tomorrow, what changes can we bring? The current scenario in Nagaland doesn’t paint a happy image. There is violence, anger, corruption, and it definitely isn’t what we want it to be. We definitely need a revolutionary leader. We can change this situation. We need a leader who is empathetic towards the people. This could be a man or even a woman.
And let us remember - Whoever we are, how great we may be, or how intelligent we claim to be, God, the supreme leader, is always above us all.