One of my earliest exposure to English literature was Shakespeare play Julius Caesar. The statement 'Et tu Brutus' from the play has stayed with me all these years. It depicts the ultimate betrayal of one that was a trusted, close friend and confidante.
In the Holy Scriptures, we learnt that the only way the religious leaders could get to Jesus was through the betrayal of someone close to Him. So they used one of his disciples – Judas Iscariot.
Every leader wants their followers to be loyal. Unfortunately, this is not usually the case. Many of those surrounding a leader are people who are ready to step into the leader’s shoes by hook or crook.
In United Kingdom, Theresa May became the Prime Minister of Britain on the Brexit misfortune of David Cameron. Her first task in office was to sweep out those occupying key positions and bring in her 'own' people - not necessarily the best but those she trusts through years of loyalty.
The higher you go in leadership; it becomes important to surround yourself with those you can trust. Those that will have your back at all times.
King David had ten mighty men. They fought side by side with him. They suffered with him and were ready to die for him. They risked their lives to get him water to drink from the enemy territory.
When a leader is selecting their inner circle, the criteria is not just the best for the job but the most loyal and trustworthy. If they are not the best in the skill for the job, up-skill them or put the best underneath them.
If your inner circle is not loyal, they will be your downfall. Just ask Boris Johnson.
As a leader, you must be loyal to your own leader. Don't talk negatively about them behind their back. Don't disgrace them in front of other people. Respectfully disagree with them in the presence of others only when necessary. As much as possible do it one to one.
Your leader will remember your loyalty when you need it. And remember what goes around comes around.