Friday, March 24, 2017

No Time for Distraction

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By: Eduardo Santos Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes. The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. If the problems you have this year are the same problems you had last year, then you are not a leader. You are rather a problem on your own that must be solved. Leadership is built on true character! You lose your leadership when you fake your character. The degree of leadership potential a person can expose will depend on how effectively he can maintain his true character!   A wise leader understands that when a person feels valued and cared for by their leader, they will be far more willing to take the feedback and implement the needed changes. They understand that no value comes from the use of sarcasm, beating around the bush, or sugar coating things that need to be communicated. They understand that using those things breaks people’s trust and leaves them feeling uncertain or belittled, which ultimately lead to harbouring bad feelings toward their leader, rather than a desire to change or improve their own behaviour.   We are at a period when we need to reshape our party into the mould that our venerable leader George Price created, a party that transcended ethnicity whose main function was to unite all under one cause which was a united and independent Belize. 34 years after independence we now encounter a divided party, one without a clear and defined agenda to save Belize from financial destruction.   George Price did not father a family of his own. To him the entire party was his extended family. He was so beloved that he could enter any home in Belize and still be welcomed even if the members were from the opposite party.   Johnny’s popularity within his constituency and the country at large stems largely from the fact that he is an ardent disciple of our leader, George C. Price. His actions speak louder than his words. His office is basically the community where he can meet with one and all on a one on one basis. By reaching out to the masses in their own surroundings, his cult following has become second only to Mr Price.   On the 28th of February, the Honourable Julius Espat, while being interviewed on the Rise and Shine Morning Show, was very critical of certain aspects of the present PUP leadership. We always welcome when people will give their opinion on what is happening in our community. Although the message has been widely condemned by the rank and file of the party’s followers, there exists an eerie silence within the hierarchy of the party.   In order to secure the majority needed to form the next government, the party needs to stick together and follow the protocols being mandated by the leadership which was duly elected during the last leadership convention. We know that in any conventions there will exist a certain sector that will forever harbour a grudge. But these actions will only serve to undermine the credibility of the Party and the leadership that was democratically elected to serve.   Immediately after Hon. Julius Espat’s scathing criticism, there was no rebuttal from the other Deputy Party Leaders in no quick and convincing manner. By not dealing with the matter at hand, it can come back to haunt the party in the future. One just needs to look back in our history when Hon. Jorge Espat fell out with the past leadership, his terminology he used to describe the situation we were in is ‘we are living in a deformed democracy.’ His words were prophetic and caused the unravelling of a past administration.   The present situation differs a lot from the one Jorge Espat was in. Instead of calling out the detractors within the party with a simple question - ‘Are you with us?’ we are not strengthening the party for the major battle that will be coming up in the not so distance future. In any campaign, in order to be successful, it is normally 90% preparation and 10% execution. If we continue to be distracted by our own members then it will always be an uphill battle and the chances for success will decrease as the time goes by.   The reason for Johnny Briceno’s success is because of the strong family values Johnny has, as a husband and father. The virtue he lives by allows him to be a better leader for his community. Let us unite behind Johnny and return to the legacy of Mr Price, embracing one and all and healing the wounds that divide us! Belize, with the help of God and the support of our people, will stand upright and will do its duty and help bring peace, stability and prosperity to our country.
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