Ever encountered a person who would do everything to stay away from the norm and to think out of the box to explore things for best interests? In every area of life, there is indeed a nonconformist who pushes the boundaries out of what is mainstream and usual.
One of the primary qualities of a leader is to disregard his or her own self-worth and carry the weight of the weaknesses of his or her followers. This is how initiative works, in the sense that it abides on the “greater good”. It is easy to describe how initiative works but leaders nowadays tend to be casual that it does not allow them to uncover their full potential. It would be a sore miss of opportunity to basically fulfill your role as a leader and benefit in experience. That is not even a definition of leadership.
Now, I am not saying leaders should be defiant, because defiance means disobedience. I am believing on boldness. I am believing for bold leaders who will always take a stand for what is right for their area of coverage. Their choices may not be the best but they will bear fruits, making for a prosperous land.
When I mean about “boldness”, it means possessing a heed of confidence, willing to take the weights of the role he or she is deeming for, and aiming to brave the waves of challenges that come to surge. Boldness should not be displayed by a show of armed forces, or verbal tactics, or vast wealth, or even reputation. It is the fulfillment of a leader’s role to give the best for his or her people. It is not going to be easy but the journey is worth it.
As for this coming 9th of May, candidates flock the streets to remind the voters of their names and platforms. While campaigning is indeed a hard task, being in the position is the harder one. And all candidates, win or not, should see the weight of their roles. Boldness should not come from their smoothest words, most affectionate speeches and zaniest one-liners. It is a lifelong birthright that they need to make it obvious, for every leader is a brave soul.
For candidates, you are now at a position where the public examine you from head to toe. The people needs to see the confidence in you. Show the Filipinos that confidence, for we are a nation of bold followers who will soon become bold leaders.