Corruption, a chancre borne out of greed and the desires of our parochial interests have over the years eaten deep into the bone marrow of many and turns to run in their veins but is generally perceived as an issue of the individuals in high social classes.
Corruption runs through all the social classes or strata of which many deeply engage in either consciously or unconsciously and sometimes with rationalization or assertion that everyone does it.
There has been a great drawback to the developmental milestone of our nation due to the effect of this chancre and this calls for the application of pragmatic steps to remedy or curb this menace from sprouting into its highest chronicity capable of undermining the developmental milestone subsequently bringing it to a halt.
In view of the above, I believe if the measures or lifestyle modifications to be outlined below as a matter of consideration are put into practice and benevolence is given a chance, we are sure of achieving a sustained transformational change.
To ensure a concise presentation of my work, I will like to employ the Robert Dilts logical levels of change.
A model which reflects that for a sustainable change to be made (personal or organizational), it needs to occur or be supported by changes in more than one level.
When changes occur at a lower level only, it is unlikely that the changes desired will be sustained and maybe a cosmetic change.
The model consists of five distinct but highly interrelated levels that are intertwined and none is independent of the other. These levels include the following;
Identity – These include who we are as individuals and the roles we play. So, as individuals in our various fields of endeavor, we should always make conscious efforts to ask ourselves who are we,? What are our roles,? So that we will not be overwhelmed by whatever achievements or successes we have made.
This will always remind us of the legacy or impact we are to make and not to feed our dear parochial interests.
We need to understand that in the journey of leadership, sycophancy is very real and obsequious flattery can be made at any point in time but we need to always remain focused, determined and be guided by what we stand for.
This forms the beliefs and values, what we hold as important to us, and the motivation or purpose for which we live or serve.
Our prime aim should be the urge to make a significant impact or difference in the things we do and the values we hold.
Our motivation as leaders upon assumption of leadership roles should not be as though we have won lotteries to make sudden wealth but a motivation that constantly pushes us to serve with integrity. And when we serve with integrity you are sure credibility is your benefit.
The skills and competencies we develop or how we lead tells us whether corruption will prevail in our work or not.
Devoid of skills and gross incompetence are key parameters that undermine the performance of every individual.
There is no size fits all in leadership and as such tutelage is required to make leaders equipped with the requisite knowledge and skills.
The behaviours we display, actions and reactions should be guided by moral and ethical codes.
Sometimes, we are faced with ethical dilemmas but we need not be overwhelmed by the accompanying pressures.
Distinctiveness in the roles we play is critical to the impact or legacies we leave behind.
When we find ourselves in an environment that stands to corrupt our way of thinking and performance, we are at liberty to ask ourselves who are we as individuals and what we stand for.
We should not poison our souls by seeking livelihood from cheap sources.
Beyond hard work lies dignified fulfillment.
Our actions and reactions are constantly being learned either consciously or unconsciously and with time it becomes a norm.
We need to work collectively with a shared cohesiveness and commonality before a common goal.
No matter the magnitude of the impact one individual makes, it will still be small because the big portion of a small thing is still small.
The last level of change by Robert Dilts has to do with the environment we find ourselves.
Where we go, when we act or react and the people we share contact with greatly influence our being.
The society today is very seductive and lure us into this menace call corruption.
People may try to motivate you to grant them favors and unconsciously you work against your ethics and morals without realizing it.
Therefore, we need to be mindful of the kind of presents that can influence our performance and decline.
It is not the desire of one single individual to be corrupt and as such corruption is determined by a neutral party and usually those who do not benefit from such dubious acts.
This is where the problem is, we are often mute when we benefit from corruption but the implications are generational in nature.
The effect is reserved for innocent persons.
In conclusion, everyone has a role to play in life no matter how small it is.
Our society suffers greatly because of the weak institutions that can prosecute individuals who are liable.
These liable personalities make a great difference in whatever institutions they operate and that is certainly why just one individual can collapse this nation.
We need to serve with integrity and earn credibility as our benefit. The unborn generation will not forgive us if we do not offer them the opportunity to benefit from our work and legacies.
Written by: Godwin Nbaligon Niyagnan | Fellow, Central Leadership Program | 0543278820 | firstname.lastname@example.org