Minister castigates leaders promoting patronage

MINISTER of State in the President’s Office (Public Service Management and Good Governance), Mr George Simbachawene has expressed concern over a growing tendency of appointed leaders transferring subordinates and replacing them with subservient employees.

Speaking at the launch of Uongozi Institute’s Certificate in Leadership programme in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, he said leadership is not about changing people but rather inspiring others to drive changes.

“Leadership is about influence, about motivation, about inspiration. It is not about the position and wielding of power,” said the minister.

He said it was wrong to seek to change the team of subordinates and replace them with employees considered to be loyal to the leaders and ones selected through patronage.

“When given an opportunity to lead, you must know there are people you will work with, people that you should lead. When you get there and start removing them all, who will you be left with? As a result, there are many who have been removed and have no responsibilities.”

“Many who have been given the role of leadership have failed to know their leadership roles, instead they think that changing people is the way to lead and others are looking for leadership to harass people, this will make you fail,” he said.

“I urge you to realise that there is a big job ahead of you, this training aims to help the government strengthen its work and ultimately bring development to the citizens,” he said, adding that they are being helped to build capacity so as to be better leaders through instructions of President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who has been explaining about good leadership, discipline, responsibility and ethics.

Mr Simbachawene said that his Ministry in collaboration with other stakeholders will continue to work on government instructions and guidelines set nationally to ensure that all leaders and executives get leadership seminars to increase their capacity and remind them of their responsibilities.

He said that the training programme will help them find new ways to deal with challenges in ensuring the people get development. He urged them to adhere to the principles of law, ethics and justice.

He encouraged Uongozi Institute to involve the private sector in the training while thanking all the participants and the Finnish Embassy for the cooperation they have been showing.

Uongozi Institute Chief Executive Officer, Kadari Singo said they were keen to inspire and equip leaders to deliver inclusive and sustainable solutions for challenges in their work areas.

He said leadership training programmes involved leaders from the public and private sector and had proved to be useful in capacity building for leaders.

He said that they have been collaborating on various issues while also explaining how his country has been at the forefront of training women in leadership and entering different roles.

The Finland Ambassador to Tanzania, Zitting Theresa said she was proud to see the long-term cooperation between Tanzania and Finland in building capacity for various leaders.

Certificate in Leadership (CiL) is a programme implemented in collaboration with Aalto University Executive Education (Aalto EE). It is designed for emerging leaders and executives from across Africa.

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