March 3rd, 2020

Reflection of our current leaders

I refer to 'Time to reflect on what is important' dated 3 Mar 2020.

The dramas played by the policy-maker of our country has now becoming absurdly ridiculous.

Of late, Malaysians are in need of someone or something that is truthful, trustworthy or genuine.

We should be telling and sharing the truth especially the reality of our Malaysian life.

The people of Malaysia should be told that ‘it’s time for someone to take over the lead, rather than playing the waiting and guessing game’.

Students should admit if they did not really exhibits their own writings or cheated on a test; while educators should admit their flaws id they don’t really teach what is supposed to teach.

The tongue twisting drama, the U-turn statements, has somehow has led to a cynical, skeptical, dispirited work force, as honesty has diminished.

We need to develop positive actions which come from good and wise leaders.

As Gary Feldman said, "An enterprise is the reflection of the leader. A fish doesn't stink from the tail, and a business enterprise would not just be successful or fail from the bottom."

To be a great country, leaders and the people ought to inspire trust.

No one likes to be fooled, making, spreading and telling lies seems normal issues in our workplace and the medias.

Truth is fundamental, and we must be brutally trustworthy with own self.

Many of our leaders (especially politicians) failed to admit and overcome their mistakes.

Many don’t own up and deal with it. Denying the facts thrown and using others to get away with the hassle may suit most for.

Many seem good being ‘actors’ or ‘pretenders of the universe’.

Statements made in the news or media do not represent the reality because you're afraid to exhibit that you too make mistakes.

Many pretend to look strong (but the face shows) and that you lie. What you forget about is that no one will follow you until they know who you in reality are.

Every now and then, new and excessive rules, policies and approaches had been made which breed mistrust in an organization.

Showing the need to be in control shows you no longer trust anyone.

Excessive rules educate others to play the sport of how little work they can do and get away with it. You do not believe them, so why must they work hard?

Now, go see yourself in the mirror and ask yourself of how many goods had you done this week or how many times have you lied.

No such things as white lies count. So does the spin control, being tactful, being realistic, and telling them only what they need to know.

Good leaders who inspire the souls of others do not treat fact telling lightly.
They recognize believe is less difficult to lose than to rebuild.

They build incredible relationships based on honesty, which in turn builds inspired organization.

Azizi Ahmad Malaysia Kini Letters 03 March 2020

March 2020 is not Ides of March

History had made a mark in Malaysia as in March 2020, the country’s eighth prime minister took over as prime minister in order to “save the country” from a prolonged political tumult.

Though no bloodshed was spilled on our day, as of The Ides of March, (better known as March 15th), still some said it marks an unfavorable anniversary associated with treachery and ill fortune.

We should not be steeped in superstition but still the month of March and the phrase ‘Ides of March’ is the month of tragedy.malaymail_logo.jpg

The ides marks the halfway point of the month, most likely alluding to the day of the full moon, although historically the ides also corresponded to when bills became payable.

The Ides of March were at one point a celebratory day dedicated to the Roman god of war, Mars, complete with a military parade.

But the day in 44BC where Julius Caesar were killed by the Roman Senate had turned the month into superstitious  sign  of ill omen we know it as today.

Julius Caesar, who was at the time seen to be consolidating power to make himself emperor.

 After ignoring numerous warnings, including those of a seer, who cautioned him to “beware the Ides of March”; Caesar was lured into an ambush set by members of the Roman Senate, who proceeded to stab the dictator 23 times before he died.

Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, written around 1599, immortalized this dark moment and gave us the classic line of dismayed betrayal, “Et tu, Brute?

Is the happening likened to the current situation?

Well I guess, tragedy repeats itself. The PM interim was ‘overthrown’ and the guy who wanted to be the PM seems in the numb.

What then of ‘Et tu, Brute (You too, Brutus?)’. Most had known of ‘Brutus or Brute’. So many Brute and Brutus around in the circle.

Those involved seems to know what it takes to be in this situations. Those in powers know the corrupted; they know each other too well and each will be waiting to strike back normally.

There are some people, including some with immense amounts of power, who are about as far from leadership as you can possibly get.

But the fantastic thing is that power doesn’t make a leader. There is no entry barrier to leadership.

Leadership is the same thing.  Leadership is about behavior, not an inherent trait. If you want to be one, you can be one.

Good things about our leaders are their ability to take in new information and revise their perspective.

Learning isn’t always easy, or enjoyable, especially when it comes to understanding things like the systems of bias and oppression.

Leaders know this. They know they need other perspectives, other voices.

They know that echo chambers and groupthink are dangerous.

They admit that they were wrong. And that is a powerful thing. Really?

Leaders don’t just talk about changing, they actually change. And they do it through learning.

The difference between power and leadership is that a great deal of power is acquired on the backs of others.

And the leaders I admired most were the ones who reached out to others.

We would probably want leaders to provide opportunities for us. We do want them to share and care for us.

And I have no idea what the next few years will hold. It’s scary, and overwhelming.

But we Malaysians do hope to see amazing, incredible people speaking up for what is right.

We are still wanting of people willing to admit when they’ve been wrong, and trying to do better.

We love to see compassion and empathy and understanding representatives.

There will always be those who can’t tolerate change, who respond to what they don’t understand with hatred and abuse.

They will then have to sit in a darkness of their own creation and rage at the world.

We prefer to look to the bright spots, the leaders. No matter how wide the darkness spreads, it can’t eclipse their light.

Azizi Ahmad Malay Mail Online What You Think 03 March 2020