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By Maika Bolatiki
The chairman of Native Lands Commission (NLC), Ratu Vanayaliyai Vesikula yesterday stressed good leadership when opening the five-day Vanuavatu Leadership workshop at the Bergengren House in Suva.
He stressed that leaders lead by example.”When you lead by example, you create a picture of what’s possible. People can look at you and say, “Well, if he can do it, I can do it.” When you lead by example, you make it easy for others to follow you,” Ratu Vesikula said.
The Government he said had identified bad leadership in the past and highlighted ways to achieve good leadership in Pillar 3 of the Peoples Charter. The Charter has identified the following qualities as being the most desirable of any person who seeks and exercises a public leadership role in Fiji: Visionary: Public leaders who are able to inspire people through a vision consistent with values to provide a better future for Fiji based on a fair and just society; merit based equal opportunity for all Fiji citizens; transparent and accountable governance, and uplifting the disadvantaged in all communities. Integrity and Honesty: Any person who holds a leadership role at the national, local or community level should behave honestly and with integrity when performing their responsibilities.
Selflessness: Leaders should not use their positions for private or personal gain and should endeavour to act in the best interests of the people they are responsible for.
Competence: Leaders at all levels have a responsibility to ensure any undertaking given to the people, the community or the nation is carried out effectively and efficiently.
Openness: Decision making on behalf of the people should be open and transparent. Open discussion and dialogue is necessary before such decisions are made.
Unity: Leaders at all levels should seek to promote unity within and between all communities and groups.
Accountability: Leaders at all levels should take responsibility for their actions and where necessary to allow for appropriate scrutiny of these.
Ratu Vesikula said they should seek God’s guidance and protection in order to have stable leadership.