Recently in the UK, we have been entertained with the court case on the phone hacking scandal. Two former newspaper editors are in court charged with conspiracy to intercept communications illegally. It's becoming a story of sex, lies and telephone tape! In a bid to get the most juicy and scandalous stories on the Royal family, celebrities, government official, they were willing to bug people's telephones and answering machines, make illegal payments and the like, to achieve their objective of selling million copies of the newspaper. The quest to be the leader in tabloid journalism became a dirty game where integrity is irrelevant.
How far are people willing to go to get to and stay at the top? We see in our African continent, how desperately most leaders cling to power; a democratically elected position becomes a family hierarchy, bribery and corruption is the way of doing business, competitors are silenced, forever.
As a child, one of the training I received from my parent was never to lie, cheat, or steal. Despite the training, I can still recollect telling many fibs as a child to avoid getting into trouble and being punished, yet I always get found out and always get double the punishment! In my teenage years and growing into adulthood, I learnt how easy it is to have your character blemished if you are caught telling a lie, stealing or cheating; your reputation is tattered and there is nothing you can do to erase it even if you change for the better.
A leader who is willing to lie, cheat, steal, destroy in order to get to the top or stay at the top will always end up in disgrace; during their lifetime or after they are dead. Everything that you have spent a lifetime building up will come crumbling down. Is it really worth it?
The conduct of a leader must be honourable at all times; in private and in public. A simple yardstick to ensure an honourable conduct is - not to lie, steal or cheat.
feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love. I
want you to be the first in moral excellence… Martin Luther King Jr.
Have a fulfilling week ahead.