Courage Under Fire

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LAZ President Linda Kasonde
LAZ President Linda Kasonde

By Linda Kasonde

As an ardent student of history, the subject of leadership has fascinated me for years. In particular, I look for insights into what makes great leaders so great – Mandela, Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr. to name but a few. For me, more than anything the pattern that emerges amongst all exceptional leaders is the ability to have the courage of their convictions. Going to Harvard had been a dream of mine for some time. One bored Sunday I googled their Executive programmes and came across one at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government that really sparked my interest: “Leadership in the 21st Century: “Chaos, Courage and Conflict”. More than anything the idea of leading with courage resonated with me. I applied for the course at Harvard and much to my delight I was accepted onto the programme.

On our first day one of our facilitators, Professor Marty Linsky, asked us to suspend our own belief systems and accept the “truth” that there was a difference between acting within your scope of authority, which everyone is expected to do, and taking leadership which requires going beyond the expected to achieve a defined purpose. We were asked to bear in mind that there are no “leaders” and that anyone can exercise leadership, even those without authority. Many of the people in the class, particularly civil servants, struggled with this new concept of “leadership” which many considered as merely the ability to “steer the ship” well.

On the first night of the course Marty Linsky abdicated his role as the authority figure by maintaining silence and refusing to lead the discussion. The result was confusion; why wasn’t he speaking and what could the group do to break the silence? After several minutes, the silence was broken as it became apparent that what we were expected to do was take leadership as opposed to defer to the figure in authority. Taking leadership in that situation came with casualties. The first person who tried the exercise leadership was ignored before other more successful attempts were made. In the group dynamic, no one wanted to risk speaking out because they were unsure how they would be received. Rather than fight the concept I worked with the idea that taking leadership necessarily meant rocking the boat to achieve a higher purpose. The real question for me was at what risk should one exercise leadership and is the potential cost worth it?

According to Charles Darwin the ability to survive is not dependent on skill or intelligence but the ability to adapt. I have come across a book called ‘The Musakanya Papers’. The book is a compilation of notes by the late Mr. Valentine Musakanya on his experiences before and after his political career was cut short following his incarceration after being implicated in the 1980 coup attempt against the authoritarian rule of former Republican President Kenneth Kaunda. Mr. Musakanya has been described as a man of great intelligence and ability. It is a great shame when someone with that level of potential is marginalised at the altar of power. No one wants to be that guy. So, what do you do if you want to step into that leadership gap and survive? Darwin says adapt. One good example of adaptation is former President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda’s recovery following a spectacular fall from grace following his resounding defeat in the 1991 elections that re-introduced multi-party democracy in Zambia. Dr. Kaunda has successfully managed to reinvent himself as the father of the nation.

What are the tools for exercising leadership successfully? Back to Marty Linsky’s definition of leadership, successful leadership means managing the discomfort created by doing the unexpected in order to effect change – “checking the temperature” to see that it is safe to proceed. That essentially means getting people to agree with your new idea and to subsequently follow you. It may be a painful process for your followers who may have to let go of long-held beliefs and make sacrifices. To keep them following you, you have got to harness the ability to make people see the Promised Land and believe that they will get there even in the face of adversity. That takes courage. However, as a leader in my own right I meditate on the words of Martin Luther King Jnr:

“Cowardice asks: ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks: ‘Is it strategically advantageous?’ Vanity asks: ‘Is it popular?’ But conscience asks: ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor strategically advantageous, nor popular – but one must take a position because it’s right”.

And when you take that decision that is neither safe nor strategically advantageous nor popular you must be prepared for resistance from naysayers and often people whom I call “enemies of progress”. As a woman, this might mean public and often very personal attacks against you. This means that you will have to develop a thick skin and manage the negativity through taking into account all view points and embracing rather than ignoring your detractors. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich wrote a book called ‘Well-behaved women seldom make history’. By that she meant that history favours women who defy societal norms in order to effect positive change like the Suffragettes who stood up for the right to universal suffrage or Rosa Parks sitting in a seat reserved for white people in segregated 1950’s America.

Here in Zambia Mama Chikamoneka and other women went bare-breasted in protest of colonial rule and Lucy Sichone conducted a one-woman demonstration against the corruption in the post-Kaunda era.

So, what do you do if you want to be a leader? Take courage. Taking leadership requires us to be “Giant Killers” and, in the words of the Zambian singer Pompi, sometimes we have to “pick a battle so large that the world will see that the hand of God was evident”.

The author is the President of the Law Association of Zambia and an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow. The views expressed in the article are her own.

95 COMMENTS

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    Boring overly theoretical. The Zambian people want straight to the point facts like we all know we are under a dictatorship and that lungu is is a failed illegal president.

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      Why on earth does she spend time writing this and support the pathetic UPND

      She is Tonga I get that. But she is married to a kasonde now and is LAZ president. She needs to do the right thing and just go away.

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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      Linda notes that, more than anything the pattern that emerges amongst all exceptional leaders is the ability to have the courage of their convictions………well, what if the convictions are wrong? Listen to what High Court Judge Sunday Nkonde said when LAZ applied to be friends of the court…….” that the application by LAZ lacks merit and has since rejected it”.He encouraged LAZ to apply to join as a friend of the court especially in human rights litigations involving or affecting the vulnerable and marginalized persons in society.Judge Nkonde said that LAZ should do this with the same zeal it has exhibited in the case of The Post newspapers in liquidation”end of quote ……LAZ has been selective with the truth, and if they ever tell any, it’s always half and not the whole truth.

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      I think we have missed the point. What I think she is trying to potray is that she has been under so much fire and has been able to brave all that and has come out victorious so far (as the title suggests), looking at all those who want her out as LAZ boss. My point is, will this be the trend where when you are elected to office, yours is to fight battles other than serve the purpose for which you were appointed? This looks like the trend everywhere, at the expense of service delivery!!!!

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      Ala iwe Linda, just when your piece was reaching pa climax you stopped. Wansha nechilaka, try to be more expansive next time. Nice piece though, i couldn’t agree more.

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      Fantastic reading. HH will enjoy this articles in jail.
      Linda on Musakanya vs KK scratched my heart.
      Then the transformation of KK.
      I can argue with Linda

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      Great and sophisticated article! It is a shame some of the bloggers have missed several valuable messages moral points and a lot of history which is relevant to the contemporary situation.

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      @1.2 LAZ IS AN ABSOLUTE WASTE OF SPACE IN ZAMBIA WHO ARE SO ENGROSSED IN ACADEMIC EXERCISES TO THE POINT THEY WANT TO COPY AND PUBLISH WHOLE THEY LEARNT FOR THE PUBLIC CONSUMPTION. THE PUBLIC WANT TO LISTEN TO PRACTICAL THINGS AND NOT LONG-WINDING THEORIES OF THE LEARNED PEOPLE. PRACTICAL THINGS AFFECT PEOPLE. THEORIES MUST BE USED TO LEAD THE LEARNED INTO SOLVING OR ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT DAY-TO-DAY HAPPENINGS IN LIFE. I CAN UNDERSTAND WHERE SHE IS COMING FROM BUT AS ONE BLOGGER HAS POINTED OUT: WHAT IF YOUR BELIEFS ARE WRONG? DO YOU STILL ADAMANTLY, CONTINUE WITH YOUR WRONG THEORETICAL BELIEFS AND IMPOSE THEM ON OTHER PEOPLE? I ALSO CONQUER WITH JUDGE NKONDE. LAZ SHOULD BE ON THE SIDE OF THE VULNERABLE ZAMBIANS.

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      GREAT leaders NEVER said THAT THEY WERE GREAT. It is people who say that, so Ms Kasonde, do not write about yourself prematurely.

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      I cannot imagine that she can compare herself with Lucy ‘Pro bono’ Sichone, champion of the downtrodden.

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      Interesting write-up, well done. Mushota, You so useless. are you Lungu’s agent? Your hate will kill you and Lungu. why associate such good insight to politics. Thats why people say you are an LT Reporter. always teh first to comment.

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      Like we have said and already psychoanalyzed Linda, she finally come clean. She wants political power and that’s why she always sounded political at LAZ.

      All of her examples and antithesis point to one thing, she wants to set herself ablaze. There’s an old adage that says if you want to pull the crowds, set yourself ablaze.

      That’s Linda’s ultimate political goal and she has chosen LAZ as that vehicle. It’s fun how people have a way of telling on themselves, all you have to do is let them speak long enough.

      Well, Linda … you time is now!!! There’s a vacancy at the help of UPND. Go get them tiger!!!

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      Meant to “its funny” not fun and meant to say “at the helm of UPND” not help … the autocorrect spell check can be a nonsense sometimes

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      You are trying to get fame the wrong way. Let people sing the “courageous” song you and not yourself.

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      You are trying to get fame the wrong way. Let people sing the “courageous” song for you and not yourself.

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      That’s a Movie Title! and please quote other Zambians. Don’t be so brainwashed by colonialists

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    Excellent article, very deep and thoughtful, well researched!

    Zambians have an attitude not to like reading, bwana NEZ, as educated as you are please re-read this article, but I share your frustration that maybe she needed to mention names, Lungu is indeed a classical failure in Zambian history of politics!

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      To say good article and well researched does not imply you read it

      You quoted nothing from it

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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      Jah tooth, you missed the point. She is not trying to discredit ECL, simply trying to encourage herself to hold on to her own beliefs, even in the midst of fire, that’s what leadership is all about. NEZ read the whole thing don’t always look for people who are worshiping HH like you do, she’s only trying to explain some sense not frustrations. I know people claim that she is on the side of HH, that does not matter, what’s important is to understand and respect what she stand for, she is not emotional, thumbs up, be issue based and do not align yourself with either HH OR ECL. Stand for what you believe, it will sustain you to your victory.

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      LINDA KASONDE IS MORE WISER THAN MOST OF OUR ZAMBIAN POLITICIANS, SHE DESERVES OUR SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENCY AFTER HIS EXCELLENCY ECL’s TERM OF OFFICE IS OVER. PF/ UPND SHOULD ADOPT THIS WOMAN JEALOUS DOWN. IF YOU AGREE WITH ME, SIMPLY SAY I DO.

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      People just have courage to read. Linda is a rear chick.
      People just read. There is plenty of time on earth. I read a lot, including The Barotseland Post.
      I even read Kanta cooking dreams.

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      I like Mushota’s observation, When you say good article what is good about it? Elaborate.

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    Hahahaha..well written stuff congrats LAZ BOSS very good lessons or hints to be a leader though each one has his on style like Lungu he succeeds by let people rule themselves syndrome.HH rules by arogancy thinking he is always right . Can we have a full length photo of you madam LAZ President wanna see how you look in full view , u are so beatifull mama i might do a KA emmanuel Macron of france

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    Good article young lady. At least now people will appreciate where you are coming from.

    Quoting from a Pompi song is priceless…

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    Linda Kasonde, please give us a break, we all have degrees and degress if not better than yours and we know and understand the diversity of leadership.
    As one blogger clearly advised you and your LAZ, you will be relevant if you represented the interests of the majority poor who needs legal representation. Otherwise i get it that you are not a professional as you hallucinate in your mind. Damn dander head.

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      1mbecile, she is representing interests of the majority of people. The righteous ones which care and distinguish between right and wrong.

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      To me, you KBF are the 1mbecile. As Malinso has put it, “…you will be relevant if you represented the interests of the majority poor who needs legal representation…” As Judge Sunday Nkonde reminded Linda to show the zeal in becoming “friends of the court” in human rights litigation and those languishing in jail without representation. Remember, Linda is on record of using wanting to use LAZ (a public body created by an act of parliament; MPs are voted in by Zambians from all walks of life!!) to represent Nchima Nchito in the post newspaper case????? Is that the interest of the “majority” you mean???

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      At least we can see the results from hers. Where has your degree taken you? The best thing is, this woman is beyond hurt from the likes of you. Go Linda go. After all women were created as helpers of men, nowsome men don’t realise this in this Christian nation.

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    I think what she was trying to say was she went to Harvard University, the rest is mumbling.

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    Linda is one of the best LAZ president zambia has ever had; be strong live longer Linda; don’t worry about PF thugs like Tutwa; and let KK live longer to see his new KK airport open

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    whether Tonga or what Linda is a lady of substance. she can not be swerved as a match stick ,l really envy her for one thing, she can’t be bought like those names l can’t mention. She has a vision for the country not for herself alone. We need such people.

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      I THINK LINDA KASONDE WILL MAKE A GOOD UPND PRESIDENT, OR NEXT ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT, I’LL GIVE YOU MY VOTE, REPLACE HH WITH HER, THINGS WILL BE BETTER.

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    Linda is not Tonga… She is the niece of former Finance Minister Emmanuel Kasonde. I know Mushota hate Tongas but not anyone critical of your view is Tonga. Linda’s father is the older brother of Emmanuel Kasonde… Ask Mr Alexander Chikwanda or ECL . Madam Mushota, don’t be hpynotised by ECL and PF .
    We know what you do not know… In fact we know ECL than you know him… Ti pasa ulemo chamber….
    A piece of info for your digestions …. do you know that MINISTER are entitled to 900 litres of fuel or Kwacha equivalent every month tax free? Imweee mwana,,,, don’t force us to speak much….. you claim you are in UK, do you know any tax laws applied to these leaders( president, vice president , Ministers, MPs, former presidents, judges)….
    Sometimes , I pity Zambians…..to…

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      UPND SHOULD ADOPT LINDA KSONDE AS PRESIDENT, SHE CAN MAKE A GOOD PRESIDENT. AM NOT UPND.

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    Sometimes , I pity Zambians…..to support things you have little ideas… Non of these leaders should cheat you that they are poor and they stand for the poor…

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    I sadly note that the author made no effort to contextualize this: “Take courage. Taking leadership requires us to be “Giant Killers””. Left unexplained as it is, this statement is open to be interpreted literally by a casual reader, to the extent that blocking a presidential motorcade would be considered TAKING COURAGE. Sounds reckless.

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    Excellent article..Its worth reading..talking about the state of our country and its leadership, which includes leadership of both HH and Edgar Lungu when you read in between the lines and more so on her own leadership and it gives us a glimpse of where she is coming from in terms of leadership why and how she has acted the way she has been.. And surely she has practiced leadership in the face of adversity. People may have said bad things about you and LAZ but you have stood strong and stood for the truth and what is right. it’s one of the best writing’s i have read this year.

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      UPND SHOULD GO FOR CONVENTION. ADOPT LINDA KSONDE, JUST AN ADVICE.

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    Don’t be obsessed with the blocking of the motorcade. what blockage? Not giving way is not blocking if the vehicle passed using the other lane… Worse still if there is no enough parking space to park for VIP to pass can not amount to blocking? Nor does it amount to treason…..

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    Linda Kasonde asks: ‘Is it safe?’ HH asks: ‘Is it strategically advantageous?’ HH asks: ‘Is it popular?’ But ECL asks: ‘Is it right?’ And he has taken the position of presidency because He’s right”.

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      I FEEL PIT FOR UPND, THEY SEEM SO PARALYZED WITHOUT MR. HH, I SUGGEST FOR YOU TO START TALKING TO MADAM LINDA KASONDE, SHE WILL MAKE A GOOD ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT AFTER ECL’s TERM OF OFFICE IS OVER, STOP THESE COURT HALLUCINATIONS, BY THE TIME YOU WILL WAKE UP FROM YOUR SLUMBER IT BE 2021 OR 2026. STOP WASTING YOUR TIME. WHERE ARE THE MEN AND WOMEN OF COURAGE IN UPND……??? IF MADAM KASONDE COME ON BOARD, I PLEDGE TO SUPPORT HER, YOU’RE WELCOME TO CONTACT ME AFTER ECL TERM OF OFFICE. LET NEZ CONTINUE LEAVING IN HIS DREAM LAND.

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      all you ascribe to HH are actually the very nature of ECL. Point at one thing Lungu has done because it is the RIGHT thing to do. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONe

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    On our first day one of our facilitators, Professor Marty Linsky, asked us to suspend our own belief systems and accept the “truth”.”

    Reading this article reminds me of Vienna circle.

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      UPND SHOULD GO FOR CONVENTION. ADOPT LINDA KSONDE, JUST AN ADVICE.

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    Off course one of the best just like Musipe, so she is a Tonga no wonder she behalves shameless. Ala nsoni ebuntu.

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    Now, you can understand why the likes of Bwalya Fubenyo feel intimidated by this girl. I mean, reading this and comparing it to what Fube pukes day in and day out is truly like the difference between day and night. All of them, Lungu, Fube, Chimbwili etc are dead-heads and are very intimidated by clever women. Just look at Lungu’s wife, just how damn could a cow be? He is busy sleeping with his ministers but his doormat is fully content with his stinking promiscuous escapades. kaZulu’s only job is to assault policewomen and Kavindele’s sons. And you think these are the chaps to handle clever girls like Kasonde, never. It was the same with Chiluba and that legendary Rhode Scholar Lucy Sichone (MHSRIP), FTJ was pygmitized twice before her, intellectually and physically. Mwanya nomba mwe…

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    … fikopo imwe! Buloshwe bwamina bwa nunka! Inchobeni mwatusabile ba sunkwe pe!

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    MR HH NEEDS SOME BREATHING, WHEN HE COMES OUT PRISON. CONSIDER GIVING FOR LINDA KASONDE.

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    She forgot to add a part about the judge telling her to stand up for the poor with the same vigour shes sticking her neck out for interests of her choice. This article is pointless!

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      The Judge himself forgot to stand up for the poor or did he in the Carlington Maize saga? mmm..lLet see who is gonna be first to throw the stone story!! Read it.

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    My take from the above articulated article is that ‘a good leader has to do the right thing ‘ whether or not that right thing is popular . But may ask lucy. How will we determine the right thing in this case where no particular scenario and person ?

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    In Linda Kasonde there are men who are fighting ECL. When you hear Linda speaking, it is not her saying anything. It is the Chito brothers talking. They want to use LAZ to speak their position as if it is the position for LAZ. Sorry. she is fake. she does not possess the intelligence you think she is portraying my people.

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    HH head like ICHISUSHI. you must ashamed of yourself. GOD forbid such language…

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    A heavy responsibility devolves on a legal practitioner by virtue of his profession. He is not only an officer of the court who assists in the administration of justice; he is also the defender of the rights of the citizens and custodian of their confidence. In the course of his duties, he risks coming into conflict with the state and even sometimes with the court. He must maintain the rule of law and avoid putting himself in a position where his personal interest will conflict with that of his clients. He must act honourably, for the profession is “the honourable” profession.

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    Oh! Now we know the source of your pride and arrogance: Harvard. Linda, remember you are not the first person to have gone to Harvard. You don’t even need to advertise about it. God exalts and lifts up the humble but He resists the proud and brings them down. I hope you are humble and submissive to Mr. Kasonde. Otherwise I pity his condition.

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      Gona chabe naiwe.. at what point has she advertised Harvard? Take yourself to Harvard instead of displaying your inferiority complex.

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      @Mutepa, of all the great points Linda has said you have only picked Harvard? Grow up man!

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      Dont confuse your jealousy with facts. 5 day seminar at Harvard is not the same as going to Harvard. Leave Harvard out.

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    yes, leadership is about doing the RIGHT THING, no matter how unpopular it is. Much like gluing to the instruments of power when the constitution says the contrary. Like getting a registra of the high court to swear you in. like getting a friend to admit a murder you committed and reducing it to manslaughter. Like flying hundreds of vuvuzelas to dance in New York. Like getting drunk and dancing at important international engagements. The list of right things done in our name is long …….

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    Well spoken ba Linda Kasonde. Good article.

    ….“That essentially means getting people to agree with your new idea and to subsequently follow you. It may be a painful process for your followers who may have to let go of long-held beliefs and make sacrifices. To keep them following you, you have got to harness the ability to make people see the Promised Land and believe that they will get there even in the face of adversity.” ….

    Absolutely right. In other words, a leader must be objective and have a clearly defined ideology, as we have seen in last week’s French elections where the pro-EU ideology won, and as we saw here in UK’s referendum where Brexit ideology won.

    If only Zambians could take a leaf from these developed Countries and see the long-term value of being objective and…

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      Cont’d…. and ideology-driven as opposed to current quagmire of subjectivity, regime in regime out.

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    Ghandi, Mandela, Luther all failed as parents. Their position as head of the home was abdicated in favor of popularity stances. We all know the only Sonia, Mahindra etc. struggled with life, mandela reduced his second wife to a drunkard, his children well, matins family apart from corretta are a sad story. So whilst we speak of leadership true leadership strikes a balance between family and politics. Linda and by the way it doesn’t matter that she is a niece to emanuel it doesn’t make her him. She admires men as leaders and since she herself has no nucleus family she identifies with these social misfits. Going to Harvard for a certificate course doesn’t improve your posture and really I thought all issues had been buried at the last AGM evidently not as we have now taken to social…

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      @Afro HH,
      LOL- Gosh! You are spitting fire and steam is coming out of your ears, ba Afro HH. Why? Obviously, you have some sort of personal vendetta with Linda Kasonde, but you chose a wrong moment to shoot. The article is about objectivity and standing up for ideals, but you, along with your pseudo name, are hell-bent on subjectivity. Why are you so asphyxiated with her time at Harvard, anyway?

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    Linda,
    You have failed in your delivery. You speak in parables linke one chief who will quote all and sundry but always comes short in pressing the point home. You have pulled your punches and have not quite addressed issues raised by one KBF. That alone sets you aside from the great men and wome you gave examples of. What a pity.

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    Excellent Article Linda. BA KAPONYA WON’T GET IT. THEY ARE OUR MAIN DETRACTORS IN THIS COUNTRY! They do not have ability to stand up for what is right! They live for now!

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    What a great article!Zambia needs courageous and sober minded people like you. In a country where carders, especially Kaponyas without any meaning education call the shots, your efforts will always go a long way.One day sanity will be restored in the Zambian society….Anyway hats off madam.

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    I can give her 5/10 for her the article but it seems she didn’t do her research properly. Rosa parks (mentioned in paragraph 6) was not sitting in a section of the bus reserved for whites. She was actually sitting in the coloured section but the seats in the white section had finished so she was asked to give up her seat in the coloured section so that a white passenger can sit there. I am surprised to note that a LAZ president can choose to refer to incidents and people she doesn’t properly understand and call herself an ardent student of history. Linda Kasonde cannot beat Brig General Godfrey Miyanda in court. I am a neutral person and I hate the fact that the PF government is harassing her but her writing does not strike me as coming from a LAZ president and lawyer. I can write…

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    In Zambia everything anything is POLITICS sad indeed cry Mother zambia.

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    Yes mama Kasonde, courage is not absence of fear but acknowledging that there is something better than fear. When you fear you are defeated even before you start. Like you have rightly put it, its about doing the right thing.

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    Madam Linda Kasonde hats off to you. You are doing a commendable job protecting people’s rights in this turbulent environment. You have the support of the majority Zambians whose voices have been suppressed by this totalitarian regime of Edgar Lungu and his PF-MMD government. One day you will be vindicated and rewarded for courageous stance. May God bless and protect you from all evil.

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    Well I came late here..yeah some of us have jobs ka? but good grief, haters came in numbers on Linda, but that’s not a surprise as most of you ba ‘YES SIRs’ hate intelligent and indipendent women. Thanks God we have women like Linda Kasonde that can educate Mofon’s on this site and Zambia as a whole, even though, the mofons are refusing to get a free education Linda is providing on here. Keep doing what you are doing Linda, you rock.

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    Linda’s article is a well articulated and balanced. What is saying is like Obama was advising the Senators as leaders of the people they serve that it’s easy to fall for the most powerful as they have influence and money than the needy, voiceless and the poor when they vote to repeal and replace the Obama care as millions with pre existing conditions will suffer most.
    Linda is echoing the same about leadership and the price you have to pay if you do those things that the most powerful do not want to see or hear. Linda has shown are true character and I wish women worth a cent or pence can look in the mirror and say we have someone who can stand up and depend the indefensible of the happenings in Zambia when the voices of men are in incubation and the fear to stand up for what is…

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    We all want to do something or to be leaders, but leaders are chosen. The choices that we make determine whether our success or failure. Being leader of an organisation can take you to greater heights or doom you to failure, depending again on the choices you make. Take HH for example, he started off as a great intellectual, and then chose to throw away his intellect at the altar of cheap politics. He can also write a great article about himself, but the truth is that somewhere along the way he has made catastrophic choices. The second president of UPND, the heir to Mazoka, is now destined for the dustbin of Zambian history. To all intents and purposes we have all but forgotten about him. And Linda Kasonde? Fron her behaviour and her leadership choices, all indications are that she is…

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    And Linda Kasonde? From her behaviour and her leadership choices, all indications are that she is headed for the dustbin too, never to be remembered or if at all, as a failed leader. Mmembe thought the same, told us he is a socialist, a socialist at $100,000 per month from an organisation that has failed to pay its taxes and even asked for a payment plan? Basically a thief and now fallen from grace, taking down HH with him! Choices indeed!

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    OK so you went to Havard. But in Zambia you are perfectly illiterate in the matters of Patriotism. We are really, really fed up of you grandiose poses and respectfully ask you stop boring us. New are NOT impressed.

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    Very beautiful Zambian Bemba Girl please show us full posture how you are well organised i can do ka emmanuel macron the President elect ..FRANCE

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    I as professor Linsky can confirm that there is no leadership in both ruling and opposition because as for what Martin Luther King said,they conscience is not telling them to do the right thing.Opposition are too obsessed with getting power and the ruling. are too desperate to keep that power.So we the glass are now suffering because of this elephants.Linda was actually highligting the state of leadership in this country.The article is actually not about her.I can see several of you supposedly intelligent bloggers especially the economical immigrants who live in English spoken countries missed it.Shame

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    Is Linda HH’s girlfriend?, why is she insinuating that HH is the Musakanya of today and ECL is playing KK.
    She can’t just stick out her neck for HH like this…….

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      It’s one thing to read books, it another to correctly apply the knowledge you get from these books.
      The ability to apply knowledge correctly is what is called Wisdom!. For all I know, wisdom is elusive.
      The elusiveness of wisdom is not that it hides in places difficult to find or reach, but it usually appears simple and many people choose to ignore it and go for things that appear sophisticated. Just like Rango bragged. ” I had a very sophisticated social life, I was very popular”. But we all know Rango was just hallucinating. As the saying goes, the stone that the builder refuse shall always be the head cornerstone.

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    This is so inspiring Linda Kasonde. I am keeping this article for my daughter.

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    Ahaaa!these are tribe war!i’d rather use the word of God .Elderly people might know the verse Jesus used Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.
    Zambia is a christian nation as America ,and many countries in Africa.

    This shouldnt happen in Zambia.Offcourse yes but lets forgive and go on with our work.

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    No is above the law but these laws are are made by men.The laws of God and of men.
    If zambia will have such actions of insulting and killing people all the world and the youth will not respect them.look at syria,afagstan and all countries which have no piece distructions.So we know sin is from Adam and eve.every one sins but God forgives sin.
    Those are transpancies must be dealt with carefully .We know that we are loosers in whatever we are doing but forgiveness.

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    I have full respect for you madam because of critical decisions you have made at very critical moments. As a president of LAZ I believe you will provide leadership in the sphere of law by interpreting critical moment in the country. I wish you good healthy and more years as you save with integrity as president of such a big institutions in the Republic of zambia.

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    Thanx mada L. K. for your very educative and excellent article. As a student of Leadership studies myself, I take the article in its full dimension as an eye opener. Leadership thus must be about being astute in all tenets of leadership and stand firm!

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