Politics in Mthwakazi can turn the corner, we have the talent to turn the tide; our suffering can be history; we have the ideological capacity to transform a struggling pro-Mthwakazi politics into an effective structure thus, alter our political destiny. We can take back political control from the major Zimbabwe political organisations, but we need excellent leaders in place.
What is happening within the pro-Mthwakazi organisational structure is by and large a reflection of the leadership within the wider pro-Mthwakazi agenda. We have a failing leadership with little to no direction.
Our political security and safety will be dependent on the realisation that success and failure of the agenda is our responsibility and it is never about how many organisations are pro-Mthwakazi but how effective the organisational structure is.
An organisation is made up of teams; the teams need to be effective for the organisation to be able to do what it is set out to do, and this by definition calls for effective leadership.
As already pointed above, managing an effective team means being an effective leader. Effective leaders are those men and women who will be a yardstick of quality for all to be inspired. Zimbabwe politics has taught us to be comfortable with corruption and inefficiency, we want leaders prepared to halt the trend and re-establish Mthwakazi values of trust and honesty.
We need to be clear about what we mean by an effective team. Simply put, an effective team understands its role within the wider organisation, so contextualising a team’s contribution within an organisation’s pro-Mthwakazi overall aims and prospects must be the focus for team managers.
Effective leaders are those who can articulate the goals of their teams, so that key steps towards achieving these are followed and processes developed and managed.
But, we need to first address the teething problems within our internal politics. There is a counterproductive proliferation of meaningless organisations and movements whose objective is never clear to the public.
It would be fair to argue that lack of discipline is the foundation of many of our problems. For instance, calling for the expulsion of some population groups (on the basis of tribe or ethnicity) from Mthwakazi cannot be a reasonable ground for existence and will never empower the public.
Internal discipline is essential for sustained progress; discipline imposed from the outside and without local identity, norms and values eventually collapses because of lack of cooperation from within.
Discipline is the soul of a political revolution. It teaches people to act on principle and not desire; it makes small organisations formidable and unites communities even under pressure. Leaders need to be above partisanship and serve everyone.
Within teams, transparency must be second nature. Fantastic goals are only fantastic when they are actioned; and the ground rules for efficiency and success must be clearly outlined. Here we are looking at how people perform their duties, how deadlines are to be monitored and managed, plus networks for collaboration and communication.
For different teams in an organisation to work effectively with minimal interruption, communication must be effective within and between teams. We need non-judgemental leaders who can effectively communicate information to their teams, have the ability to listen to team members’ contributions and see how these fit in with the team’s work ethic and the organisation’s proficiency.
Tribalism killed Zimbabwe, we need a leadership that quickly recognises that Mthwakazi is a diverse nation and ensure all population groups have fair representation within our political framework. Communities that choose not to engage do so for a reason and must not be routinely ignored; instead, good leaders work hard to understand the reasons for non-engagement and work towards reforming their organisations to be truly reflective of the society they lead.
Our experience of political life within an independent or black person led government of Zimbabwe gives us good insight into what bad leadership is. We have a leadership that is quick to credit itself for successes but will not take ownership of failures.
We know fully well that taking ownership of tasks is vital for success. A good leader builds trust between himself and those they lead; you must take ownership of your actions and ensure the team knows you do not only lead from the front, but you are part of the team and are prepared to give them unconditional support; this helps instil trust and confidence within the team.
Public and private praise of team members is essential in boosting confidence. There is need to recognise and openly acknowledge members’ contribution to the team so as to give them a sense of ownership and a feeling of being valued.
Good leaders have the ability to delegate effectively, they match individual abilities with the right roles within the team to maximise member contribution and give individuals the chance to take ownership of tasks. Where skills gaps are identified, creating common goals to develop skills sets allows ownership of professional development and progress, which also contributes to overall team achievement.
Relationships are vital in teams. A Strong bond and perception of a team are vital for effectiveness. The team should always be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Mthwakazi’s political progress remains subject to effective teams which are themselves dependent on effective leadership. Our focus should be the building of effective teams and leaders. We want efficient teams and leaders prepared to turn around our politics. We need leaders who will create a political environment where excellence is expected of everyone.