We all love cake, don’t we?
Cake is a by-product of numerous ingredients which on their own are not as great tasting as the by-product. If you simply take a spoonful of butter and then crack a raw egg into your mouth it is very unlikely that you will ask for more. However, when you put them as ingredients and allow the processes necessary for the cake to bake the outcome will be so good.
Similarly, power is desired by anyone with a pulse. This is so because power is synonymous with authority which is why we were created. When God saw that all He had made was good, He then made man, in His image and likeness whom He gave authority / power to subdue and tend His creation. Matter of fact, the fall of man was as a result of the desire to “be like God” We know that GOD is all powerful. The devil in his submission to Eve makes the case for the “forbidden” fruit as an entry point into the POWER to KNOW both GOOD and EVIL. [Genesis 3:4]
In Africa and in Uganda specifically, our historical dynamics have exposed most of us to the workings chiefdoms and Kingdoms. These methods by which we were governed for thousands of years have had a bias on how we define Power / Authority. In Buganda for-instance the Kabaka was the “all powerful” and was he had authority over anything and everyone. I got to learn that wives of the ordinary men were called “abakyala” (visitors) because they belonged to the king, beene (Husband of All) and were simply visiting their husbands. When the Kabaka came to a man’s home, he gladly give up his wife and bedroom to the Kabaka.
It is because this kind of power / authority was only available to a few in the King’s blood line that many people thought they were never destined to lead. This, I dare say is possibly the single most conditioning that made many people reluctant to lead. Sadly, as we were getting out of the cultural institutionalization of leadership, colonialism didn’t do us any favours. For centuries, we have been conditioned to think that leadership is for a few chosen people. Debates on whether leaders are made or born are still being held to-date. I dare say that we are all born leaders and then some choose to simply follow.
Africa post-independence has had many of its countries countries embroiled in conflict. The desire for “POWER” by different interest groups has led men to think of the most wicked ways to eliminate one another in a bid to cease power. We have heard the terms being used such as “the government in power” to refer to the sitting government. After one government dislodged another usually by use of brut force, we called it overthrowing the regime and often the new regime simply meant the start of a new rebellion to take them out sooner rather than later.
Power Corrupts and Absolute power,
corrupts absolutely – Lord Acton.
The misunderstanding of what truly power/ authority is had been a great factor and explains part of why we are where we are. Not knowing that power is simply a by product of a number of ingredients. Many people desire the influence and sometimes this have been by coercion rather than persuasion that power brings and left out the accountability that needs to go along with it.
May people are enticed into “self employment” under the notion that they are their own boss and therefore can do as they please. If that is your attitude, I have news for you. Please remain employed!
My friend Alfred Agaba put it this way, when you leave employment and decide to get self employed. You have simply stopped answering to one boss and chosen to answer to many bosses. All your potential clients are your bosses and as their “servant” you are answerable /Accountable to all of them.
As I have grown older, I have realized that the more “power” one concedes by remain accountable to others the more they grow as a leader and ultimately the greater their influence.
HOW ARE YOU INFLUENCING?
WHO ARE YOU ACCOUNTABLE TO?
YOU ARE POWERFUL!