There seem to be misleading representations between the concept of entrepreneurship and leadership in relations to politics in Ghana. The average Ghanaian is of the view that once someone is a privilege to serve in a political office or into politics, automatically that person is a leader. Meanwhile, that may not be the case.
One may be a leader and opportune to be into politics, but the mere fact that an individual is a politician does not mean he/she is a leader.
In his book (21 irrefutable Laws of Leadership) John C. Maxwell talks about the myths of leadership which includes the management myth, the entrepreneur myth, the knowledge myth, the pioneer myth, and the position myth.
Entrepreneurs are skilled at identifying opportunities, taking the risk to leverage the opportunity by way of investing with the focus on producing a profit.
Leadership, on the other hand, focuses on people. The greatest call of a leader is the personal development of people. The success of an entrepreneur lies in the profit derived whilst the success of a leader lies in the success of the people (followers).
The Ghanaian political field had become highly entrepreneurial over the years.
Expensive campaigns, huge filling fees and fat salaries for political appointees characterize our political terrain. This has eventually triggered stupendous sums of investments from individual and firms who seek profit or some sought of advantage after political power is gained.
Most of the people who we call our political leaders see some sought of opportunity in increasing their personal aggrandizement hence make the decision by contesting for elections, take the risk by investing heavily and plough back profit after gaining political power.
This is exactly what entrepreneurs do! Most do not have genuine reasons for causing change, impacting the lives of citizens and spearheading the actualization of our developmental agenda.
One of our problems as our country is that our current political system attracts only entrepreneurs, not leaders. That is how come some politicians sign dubious deals and cause financial malfeasance to the state and the trauma of the average Ghanaian is of little concern to them. It’s sad to say that even the youth who should be passionate about challenging the status quo rather have dubious reasons to veer into politics.
We have suffered disappointments from past and present governments because political entrepreneurship reigns instead of political leadership.
Injustice thrives and corruption is the norm of the day because of political entrepreneurship. All this manner of ills shall continue if we do not scrap off the system that breeds these political entrepreneurs instead of leaders.
Finally, as Ghana prepares to go to the polls next year, let us all unite and frown heavily on political entrepreneurship which breeds thieves and retrogresses Ghana’s pace of development. The future of our beloved country is only assured if its political system attracts leaders; thus individuals with genuine reasons to lead, cause rapid development and impact the lives of the average Ghanaian.
God bless our homeland Ghana and make our nation great and strong.
Written By: Richmond Anane-Simon
Youth Activist, Thinker and Founder Rassam Initiative.
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