A prominent resident of Montserrado County District #9 Counselor Miller B. Catakaw, has identified five leadership qualities that he says Liberians should possess to become successful administrators.
Delivering a discourse at the Lakpazee Intellectual Center in Lakpazee community, Monrovia on Sunday, September 29, Counselor Catakaw, who is a practicing lawyer, politician and development activist called on government to provide employment opportunities for Liberian youth to enable them improve their lives.
Speaking on the topic: “How can we build a better tomorrow administratively, considering the young people’s role in the governance process of the Liberian society”, he said the five leadership qualities include, honesty, compassion, integrity, self-confidence and flexibility, describing them as visa or key to success.Explaining each of the five qualities, Cllr. Catakaw said unfortunately in Liberia, many people consider an honest politician to be a stupid person, while to be compassionate is to have sympathy for the plight of young people.
The former representative candidate for Montserrado district#9 during the 2017 elections, said integrity means adherence to the moral and ethical aspects of life, while self-confidence means doing the right thing no matter what people may say about you or only appreciate your value after you die.
According to him, flexibility is a mechanism of give and take in life, saying, “If you inherited these five (5) characteristics, as a politician in Liberia then I can assure you that you’re in the lead of becoming one of the best leaders in Liberia.”
However, he pessimistically wondered how a person could be honest, flexible, compassionate in an environment of unemployment, urging the authorities to create employment opportunities for the youth.
He said it is not only a matter of going to radio stations or street demonstrations, but identifying impediments to employment of young people. He stressed that jobs provide the means for advancements, noting, “We need to discuss the impediments that are holding down the employment of youths and engage our international partners on the issue of positioning the young people.”
Counselor Catakaw also noted that there are two kinds of politicians in Liberia today, namely; office politicians and effective politicians.“The office politicians are those who come and lie or give promises to the voters but once elected into office, they forget the unemployment plight and sufferings of the masses especially, the youth.”
On the other hand he said, effective politicians are always concerned about the welfare of their people, whether elected or not.Key officials of the Lakpazee Intellectual Center present at the forum included Chairman of the LIC, Jason Stevenson, Program Secretary, Saydee Myers; Chairperson of the Lakpazee Market Women and Peal Ishmael of the LIC.