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Quest for good leadership... By Hashim

04 January, 2014

Political scientists believe that in any culture, its leadership is considered to be a very important institution. It is so because leadership tends to influence, if not dictate, all the activities and affairs of that culture. Traditional cultures in Pakistan attach great importance to the qualities of good leadership. At whatever level of leadership, whether as individuals or elders of community, village or town, leaders had to possess certain qualities that were acceptable to the people as characteristics of good leadership. These qualities included seniority in age, wealth, reputation as a warrior and other traits.

Seniority in age was associated with wisdom. Wisdom was considered important because one of the main responsibilities of any leader was the settlement of disputes. Wealth bestowed prestige and influence on an individual. But, more importantly, it enabled the individual to offer hospitality to his people, give loans to his relatives and organise feasts for the community. In the Sindhi community, people capable of becoming leaders were men who talked gently and wisely and who could make the people listen and return to reason when they wanted to quarrel. Indeed, leaders were people who were wise, kind, merciful and had knowledge of all affairs within the community but where are those people today?

HASHIM ABRO
Islamabad

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