Whenever we mention ownership we reluctantly scrutinize who actually owns, be it a car, house, organisation, political party or even the country. We tend to limit ourselves to personal possession. Ownership covers a great ideal of setups. It goes beyond an individual; it stretches to family, community, society, district, province, country and the entire globe. It is also not limited to monetary terms but goes also to values, norms among other intangibles we attach to personality identification or culture.
A bad leader ties ownership to personal possession. Mind you the two are totally different, where ownership holds future responsibilities and personal possession is limited to a person’s life time. Every day of our life, we intend to establish ownership by creating wealth, space, value among many aspect we identify as good, for our children for the least and the future generation to come. Realising such a juncture need attributes of a good leader to understand how ownership against personal possession will be like during the life time Mother Nature will offer one.
A foolish leader spends all that he/she invested, a total failure of holding simple nature rules of ownership driven to save for the future but more controlled by failures sentiments – “We will cross the river when we get there.” Living with the notion that “we have one life so let’s live like there is no tomorrow.” Such a family, society or nation is doomed.
When it comes to ownership one acknowledges that possession is being not limited to an individual, but the entire family. In that situation whatever investment it will not perish as the founder leaves for the death bed but will continue to flourish. This prompts the founder the spirit to instil whatever is needed to continue with the legacy prior departure from earth or leading position to off springs or subordinates. This will be the spirit of core-ownership, presenting other members the feeling that they also own. Failure is also their failure prompting them to make feasible and well thought/assessed decision.
When it comes to personal possession, you find that this is familiar situation. Let me take you to a family setup. You will notice that parents are reluctant to involve their children in the decision making process but wants the children to support their decisions. In response, the children act the fool, we like it though we don’t. When the children are in charge, it will be not what the parents heard in mind but what the children have. This has contributed highly the disappearing of family owned businesses. The same issue happens at an Entity notable those that die as the BOSS departs from it. It is ascribes to a situation where decisions will never be made when the BOSS is not around. When the BOSS is not around everything is at a standstill. Such entities do not have succession position as everyone fears to unveil their eager to lead or advice. The future personal possession holds is more or less limited to extinction or rebranding when the leader decides to leave or nature eliminates.
It is my fear today we witness errand of personal possession killing great and memorable efforts that have become and some will be historical-white-elephants in the books of history no one wishes even to blink at. Leaders who have adopted personal possession have become dictators in their homes, community, countries and even the entire world. The fear of change has gripped them; change not only of leadership but systems and procedures.
All I can say is that they are doom-scheduled for extinction and might suffer historical remembrance ignorance.