By Burnett Munthali

While traditional leadership is focused on helping an organization thrive, servant leaders put the needs of their employees first. They focus on developing individuals who perform their best. Examples of servant leaders are Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mother Theresa.

4 Principles of Servant Leadership
Encourage diversity of thought. Diversity encompasses a myriad of traits.
Create a culture of trust. Trust is one of the hardest things to regain once it’s broken.
Have an unselfish mindset. It’s not about you.
Foster leadership in others.

These five most prominent servant leadership characteristics are:

Valuing People. Servant leaders value people for who they are, not just for what they give to the organization.

Chakwera on labour day

Humility . Servant leaders do not promote themselves; they put other people first.
Listening.
Trust.
Caring.

A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid,” servant leadership is different.

Servant leadership is a leadership philosophy in which the goal of the leader is to serve. This is different from traditional leadership where the leader’s main focus is the thriving of their company, family or themselves.

Prospering Together

Prospering together is a book which was edited by Roslyn Kunin PhD and I believe the State President got inspired by it to include it in his Hi5 campaign strategy. However, what does Mr President mean when he keeps saying Prospering Together?

Prosper

Succeed in material terms; be financially successful.
“his business prospered”

The work in Malawi is prospering according to President Dr Lazarus Chakwera as quoted in his latest two of his numerous speeches.

He recently announced that he had taken us to the land of Canaan and that his Tonse alliance government had also achieved all its campaign promises.

The mates speech of the President was made on independence day 6 Jul 2022 when he happily addressed the nation that a new Malawi was rising.

When the country is prospering, citizens usually enjoy great prosperity. The nation of Malawi is growing and prospering, despite of some of our masters maladministration of our resources.

The people of Malawi (who have been blessed with two years of excellent leadership) are with very few exceptions prospering. That’s according to the President Dr Lazarus Chakwera and his Tonse alliance government.

The cities are wearing a prosperous and busy appearance. The years 2020-2025 will be the most prosperous of our life. This prosperous campaign agenda gave the key-note to Tonse alliance to woo supporters who voted in their large numbers during the 2020 fresh presidential election. But this prosperous agenda will soon come to an end, tenure of office will be shattered by the angry and disappointed voters who will dislodge this government out of office.

Uniting Malawi

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. Currently made up of 193 Member States, the UN and its work are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter. The UN has evolved over the years to keep pace with a rapidly changing world.

Dr Lazarus Chakwera decided to put Uniting Malawi in his Hi5.

However, in my understanding, you always unite people that are divided and not those that are at peace.

Malawi is known to be the warm heart of Africa. We have never been at war and that’s why refugees from different countries are given space to stay.

I do not fully understand why the State President thought of this ideology to be included in hi Hi5. Perhaps he sees a lot of divisions among Malawians but I have not yet come to learn what he is doing towards this point so far.

We are all united through our mutual commitment and mutual efforts to achieve our overall joint goals. Joining together to achieve mutual goals is the heart of a well-functioning democracy. Second, the country may be united through establishing a national identity as “Malawians” that binds all citizens together.

Uniting A Divided Team

  1. Address the problem.
  2. Be clear with yourself.
  3. Leadership team.
  4. Stay calm.
  5. Team mission.
  6. Open door communication – Keep everyone on the same page by doing three things:

1) Hold individual meetings,
2) Hold small group meetings, and
3) Hold full team meetings.

  1. Team building.
  2. Focus on trust.

Ending Corruption

President Dr Lazarus Chakwera spoke against corruption on each and every podium during his campaign trail when he was vying for the position of president. He strongly spoke against corruption in Parliament when he was leader of opposition. He also opposed each and every State Of National Address made by bid predecessor Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika. Everything that the former President was trash according to Chakwera. The zeal to fight corruption once elected into the office of the President won him the confidence by many Malawians. They finally gave him that vite to rule this country

Ending Corruption
Report Corruption

  1. Expose corrupt activities and risks that may otherwise remain hidden.
  2. Keep the public sector honest, transparent and accountable.
  3. Help stop dishonest practices.
  4. Ensure that public sector employees act in the public interest.

Corruption has a disproportionate impact on the poor and most vulnerable, increasing costs and reducing access to services, including health, education and justice. Corruption in the procurement of drugs and medical equipment drives up costs and can lead to sub-standard or harmful products.

Corruption causes inefficiency and inequity. It is a symptom that the political system is operating with little concern for the broader public interest. It indicates that the structure of government does not channel private interests effectively.

  1. Update anti-bribery & anti-corruption policies.
  2. Get the tone right from the top.
  3. Embed ACB principles in corporate culture.
  4. Ensure gifts & hospitality meet key criteria.
  5. Conduct due diligence on all third parties.
  6. Watch out for bribery & corruption red flags.

My Opinion

All what President Chakwera promised during campaign period and when he was leader of opposition sank into the ears of many Malawians. Hence, they voted for Chakwera and his Tonse alliance team in 2020 to take over government because he had promised a new way of doing things within the shortest possible time.

Expectations were very high as he had personally raised the bar of his performance appraisal for rating him.

To the dismay of many Malawians all this was just empty talk as there is nothing taking place on the ground.

The opposite is true on the rule of law. The courts are still interfering with other arms of government and Parliament. There’s no rule of law so to speak.

The President has failed to demonstrate servant leadership. What we are seeing is egocentric kind of leadership full of nepotism.

On prospering together, nothing has been achieved as the people are starving together with poverty. The cost of living is getting worse day by day and everyone is getting scared. Malawians have become poorer than ever before and continue to become poor each day.

I have absolutely no idea as to what this government is doing to unite Malawians because, in the first place, there is no fighting going on in this country. Secondly, I have no idea as to what is keeping Malawians divided in this country because this nation is just as peaceful as a calm sea.

Besides I don’t even know what the minister of unity is doing in this country. He is just earning a living for free without having to work for it. Probably, the minister in this position in busy writing documents for future use but certainly not for now.

Finally, it is quite disappointing to see the level of corruption in Tonse alliance government. The people who are supposed to fight corruption are getting involved with corruption. The Hi5 is therefore a complete flop. It was just a lip service to win votes.

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