AFTER the death of President Michael Chilufya Sata, Zambia goes to the polls on January 20, 2015 as per requirement of the constitution.
As the nation waits for the by-election next year, it is important to remind each other on the type of a leader that the nation needs.
While it is true that all aspiring candidates stand a chance of winning the election, not all of them can win, for there can only be one president at any particular time.
And talking about a leader that the nation needs, we can mention a lot of leadership traits that we need in the next president, like someone with a vision, decisiveness, has courage, is trustworthy and non-tribalistic, among other attributes.
But above all, Zambia needs an action-oriented leader. That is a leader who will not just talk, but will also walk the talk.
The following are some of the benefits of having such a man or woman in State House.
He/ she will not waste time giving rhetoric but work on his/her plan to develop the nation.
Apart from that, such a president will avoid attracting unnecessary criticism from opposition political parties as well as the general public because there is nothing that attracts criticism than rhetoric without action.
The other point is that an action-oriented leader will be in a position to command a lot of respect both from his followers as well as the nation at large.
This is because a person who acts on his/her promises is generally taken seriously and therefore held in high esteem and respected.
A perfect example that comes to mind in this regard is the late President, Mr Michael Chilufya Sata.
This respect will translate into him or her being motivated and having more time to focus on addressing pertinent national issues that desperately need attention.
At the end of the day, this will take Zambia to developmental heights.
And as we all know, this is the desire of every well-meaning Zambian within and in the diaspora.
More importantly, it will help the nation realise its dream of a prosperous Zambia for all.
A leader who is full of rhetoric will waste time giving rhetoric. This will lead to spending more time on unproductive pursuits, instead of productive ones.
This will later lead to unnecessary criticism from within the political circles and later on from the public.
This will mean the president having little time to work and make important decisions for the nation.
When a president has little time for work, this can in turn lead to having little or no growth registered.
Further, it will be difficult to realise the national dream. This will deprive the nation of the development it badly needs.
Let us maintain the peace that we have enjoyed for years even as we head to the polls.
On January 20, 2015, let us vote peacefully and for an action-oriented leader. As a management expert, Peter Drucker rightly observed: â€œEffective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.â€
The author is a motivational speaker, writer, life coach and an entrepreneur.