When was leadership a cause for respect?

We slowly drifted in an age of the mindset of perceiving what has been in history becomes an inheritance to us in practice. Mistakes, glories, tragedies, standards and structure, we started to take the tiny bits of details we desire in these concepts and believe we are part of it. But did we really live the way they lived to be called a rightful heir to our desired benefits?

Knowledge doesn’t make you any more of a leader, power doesn’t make you more correct than your subordinates and being a superior shouldn’t cause you to exert less effort in creating a more meaningful environment.

As leaders of a belief, people started to mistake their authority to be absolute. A false power started to spring from charm rather than respect. Leadership was now more bestowed rather than earned.

Growing up, I was raised in a practice of being mentored to help nurture the inner curiosity, to satisfy the crevice in existence, I was under tutelage of a man unrelated by blood. I learned and understood more in life under his advocacy. A man who believed more in words rather than in action though, a man of knowledge rather than performance. In instances, he spoke with awe theories but nonetheless, words that have never inspired action in me.

The brand ‘leader’

The greatest test of a leader would arguably be in the times of turmoil. To walk in the path of the ordinary requires no leader, to enter a fray or foreign territory is; and to be in such, there will always be preparation and unprepared instances that will cause conflict.

Yes, I am guilty that I have always desired the title and never claimed one, but then I realized, after a number that has succumbed to the title, only to be corrupted by its authority that it is but better to live like one rather than to hold one.

Don’t chase for the title, live it. Leadership earned by respect holds more power than charm.


Because of the progressive consistent changes to the beliefs, suddenly the next generation had to undergo more rigorous paths, unnecessary tests and standards and they seem to forget in the end, that the real call to lead didn’t come from their qualifications but from an initiative.

Today, some leaders are afraid to be overturned or to be outperformed by their subordinates. So, what do they do? They place heavier burdens and capabilities to hamper their ability, to start a generation that’s potentially withheld. They reason that it is because of the failure of the qualifications but it is a no brainer, that the authority to fail the uprising is their decision.

These people see potential, but see it as a potential to overturn the current regime rather that to be able to help create a better generation or future.

This is what we have in our generation today, playing gravedigger’s game.

Where’s the respect?

But still, till now, they ask others how respect towards them turned to be missing or have gone away. Well, it obviously didn’t in a whim decided to play hide and seek. After all the charm, manipulation, deception and hampering? Maybe, It wasn’t given in the first place, maybe, just maybe, it was actually just stolen from people who should’ve owned them.

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