To be a great leader, you must be ready to sacrifice greatly

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Posted  Saturday, December 14  2013 at  02:00

I have not known a supermarket where one goes and picks whatever one wants without paying for it. This being the week of Mandela’s death, one aspect of his legacy needs ample emphasis, that is, his willingness to pay the price of freedom through great sacrifice.

Mandela spent 27 agonising years in prison on Roben Island before becoming the country’s first black President in 1994. As he now goes to rest, no leader on the continent has equaled his global legacy.

That is typical of life in general and leadership in particular. There is always a price to pay for a product or service we need. Sir Winston Churchill expressed this notion when he said, “The price of greatness is responsibility.”

Martin Luther King lost his life in the quest for the freedom of Blacks in America. Fifty years down the road, the world is replaying his “I Have a Dream” speech.
Jesus of Nazareth gave up his life for the salvation of the world. We shouldn’t be surprised at all that more than 2,000 years down the road, the multitude of His followers grows daily.

It seems that without sacrificing some good things of life, we cannot achieve some level of greatness. In this era of opportunistic leadership, the sacrificial leadership style of people like Mandela kicks many leaders below the belt! Viva, Mandela!

Samuel A. Bakutana,
Delta Communities Uganda