“The best is yet to come “
Relentless Charismatic Leader of the 21st Century 44th President Barack OBAMA
By Honore Gbedze, The Afro News, Vancouver : Once again we have seen and witnessed one of the defiant relentless charismatic smart leaders of our 21st century who turned all of his challenges to victory in a neck to neck re-election of the 44th President of the United States of America.
President Obama’s humble African American background helps him to understand his position towards his country and he further understands that being dormant will not help his community and this is what drove him to propel to his position today. The country needs his input to improve condition for middle class in his country and build stronger smart world relationships.
Obama believes in moral leadership and said that somewhere along the way decision makers start to believe that achieving success is worth letting go of values, whatever the cost, they think being a person of integrity is a nice idea, but not always practical in business or politics.
The President’s personal leadership style is that of self discipline and a commitment to positive self-belief of having confidence that he can succeed by staying true to his ethics, remaining optimistic even when the odds aren’t great and by not letting fear of failure get him down. He believes that the brightest days are still ahead.
When it comes to business and economic leadership The President leans on the premise that this is a perfect time to inspire a renaissance in some basic life principles, such as honesty, fairness and mutual gain. In order to sustain economic growth, there needs to be insistent value placed on the countries resources before it is exported to other nations, this is a better way to retain and create jobs than to ensure that the country becomes value adders instead of resource farmers!
President Obama emphasizes the fact that as citizens we should not just be here to make a living but that we are also here to make a difference in our world. There are essentially two ways to do that: give of your time, your money, or both in meaningful ways.
Leaders in the 21st century have to realize the importance of their role and behaviour. To emphasize some of the dogma that has existed from the forefathers in politics and ideology of the last 200 years no longer applies to our current time and therefore as we open our borders and citizenship we must give an opportunity of growth to each citizen as they apply their rights of participation in a democratic governing system.
The re-election of President Obama has reminded us that there is a possibility of each citizen to reach their potential regardless of colour, race or creed and each society that does not embrace its ethnic diversity as a gift is shortening the potential of their growth as a nation and limiting their success in the 21st century as the world citizens have come to be more closer and smarter leading the way into the future.
History has taught us that the Portuguese first sailed down the Atlantic coast of Africa in the 1430’s. The first transatlantic trade was signed and trade began in the years 1450 – 1500. When my own country of birth, Togo was one of the first part of the transatlantic coast they accosted and built forts which today is the country’s harbour. This business of triangular trade brought much corruption and overall lead to the first transatlantic mass immigration in the world that came to build America.
This opened more eyes too many nations on the planet around trade and prosperity.
The African continent ant its people through many centuries have and always paid the heavy price in human and natural resource to build other continents from Europe to America, and today Asia where China is the leading economic voice.
In America these mass immigrants who became slaves to the system and the forerunners on human rights and social justice helped build the state but found it very harsh to be included in the constitution or be given opportunities to reap economic prosperity even when the intellectual visionary father of America at the time was Abraham Lincoln who realized that the importance of unity of the nation must to embrace their diversity and work collectively to have a strong union.
Through time and history economic prosperity always is the back bone for much destruction and harsh life on middle class people who paid the price for a few wealthy around the globe with not much protection from the government for politic and economic societies.
Today the world has evolved and is much closer. Smarter citizens mostly the mass middle class are the backbone for the growth economically and culturally. The middle class society has taken the lead and refused to be used as slaves to the system this is a clear message for any government around the planet.
The re-election of the 44th president of the United States of America, Barack Obama first African American Leadership has paved the way in the 21st century that the middle class have to have a voice and be involved in any decision the government has to take on their behalf. This is a partnership that better defines and builds constructive leadership and builds trust amongst communities who are now much smarter and engaged in their citizenship in this century.
President Barack Obama said ‘the American people have “picked ourselves up” and fought back during tough economic times, declaring after winning the re-election that the “ the best is yet to come ” .
Yes we all have responsibility in our nation as we count ourselves as citizens we must act, speak, and get involved to build a strong and prosperous democratic peaceful nation to lead the way for a better, generous and responsible world.