Former National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Madam Matilda Parker, has challenged the newly installed leadership of the National Customs Brokers’ Association (NCBAL) to strive for unity, rather than push for the downfall of others.
Madam Parker believes that unity would result in an effective service association for people to get “on board and point in the same direction,” adding that “leadership does not mean domination.”
Madam Parker’s admonition is based on the fact that most organizations come into existence to tackle problems that could be achieved with a united front.
But if there are disagreements, it is likely that the association would not be effective, and members would spend most of their time arguing and posturing, she said.
Delivering the keynote address on Saturday, Madam Parker said the art of leadership is in the ability to make people want to work for you, while they are really under no obligation to do so.
“Leaders are people who raise the standards by which they judge themselves and by which they are willing to be judged.
“The goal chosen, the objective selected, the requirements imposed are not mainly for their followers,” Madam Parker said.
Leaders, she said, ought to develop with energy and devotion, their own skills and knowledge to reach the standard they have set for themselves.
The wholehearted acceptance of the demands imposed by even higher standards of a leader is the basis of all human progress.
“A love of higher quality, we must remember, is essential in a leader,” declared Madam Parker.
She stated that a leader is one who realizes by faith that he or she is an instrument in the hands of God and must be an inspirer of the governed.
“A leader must kindle interest, teach, aid, correct and inspire. Those whom he or she leads will cooperate with him or her in maintaining discipline for the good of the group.
“The leader must instruct the followers in the goals towards which to strive, and create in them a sense of mutual effort for attaining it,” she said.
She then described her style of leadership as the “Eleven Commandments.”
“As a leader, when you adopt these ways of behaving, it’s like making deposits into a trust account of another party,” Madam Parker said.
The Parker 11 commandments include straight talking, demonstrating respect, righting wrongs and extending trust.”
Others are “showing loyalty, delivering results, getting better, confronting reality, clarifying expectations, listening first and keeping commitments.”
For his part, installation officer, Dorbor Jallah, urged the leadership of the Customs Brokers to lead exemplary lives. Mr. Jallah is the executive director of the Public Procurement Concessions Commission.
The newly inducted officers include Ivan Tumbey, president, Harry To Klechee, vice president, Mohamed Massaquoi, secretary; Alphonso Barkoum, national registrar, Benedict Jallah, financial secretary, James Hinneh, treasurer and Alphonso Weah, chaplain.
In his inaugural address, Mr. Tumbey promised to bring every member of the association together and get their trust so as to move the organization forward.