Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh has described honesty and transparency as traits of good leadership that those aspiring for any position of trust should practice. Justice Ja’neh also stressed that it was important for leaders to work in the open and avoid hiding things from their members, an act that would create suspicion in the minds of the governed.
Ja’neh spoke on Friday, January 12 at the installation program of the student government of Ricks Institute in Virginia, outside Monrovia. He told the students to emulate leaders that lead by good example, “because it is one of the traits of good leaders.” He then challenged officials of the student government to live above reproach because they are being watched by their peers and those ahead of them.
Justice Ja’neh called on the president and officials of the school to set standards for themselves by doing “the little things that matter.” The Supreme Court Justice said it would be necessary for the students who are elected to lead by being time conscious, adding, “Respect for time as a leader is not just by talking.” He made reference to former President William R. Tolbert who he said was time-conscious to the extent that he dismissed public officials who turned up late for work.
Justice Ja’neh recalled that although the ex-president was not always at work on time, he was on time at every function he was invited to thus setting an example for other Liberians to follow.
He also called on the student leaders to always keep their promises to their colleagues, and said “your words should be like a manager’s check. When you promise a person, make sure you fulfill that promise.
Ja’neh cautioned the students about the importance of building a team, “because you are more effective when you work together as a team.” He asked them not to just build any kind of team, but a team of like minded individuals that would focus on the task of providing quality service.
Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene Yuoh, who earlier installed the student council government, lauded the school’s administrator and principal, Dr. Olu Menjay, for the transformation at the school.
Cllr. Yuoh said she is a living testimony to the level of impact the school was making in the lives of Liberian students because her daughter is enrolled at the institute and is doing well in her studies.
In his inaugural statement, Christopher A. Lavall, Jr., thanked his fellow students for electing him and said his leadership will not dwell on empty promises, but rather on those that are achievable.
Lavall told his colleagues that the election was over and they must now hold together because Ricks is a unique family and they are all dragons.
He told fellow students that with the assistance of the administration, his government intends first, to improve student hygiene, noting, “Any community that is not clean stands the risk of experiencing health hazards.”
Lavall said his administration has already started to draw up plans to work with the school’s health club to provide some health tips to the students. “Secondly we will reawaken the spirit of volunteerism and servant leadership, which are just in accordance with our schools’ motto, which states: ‘Not For Self, But For Others’,” Lavall said.