5 Key Pointers of Good Leadership Ability


One of the major roles that elections play in a country is to give  citizens the opportunity to take consciously pick leaders of their choice. In some instances, citizens may opt to re-elect the same people to lead them while in other cases, they can choose to replace those that do not live up to their expectations. Whichever way, citizens choose to vote, there is need to have a criteria for determining who to vote for. As we the 2017 general elections draw near, here are 5 key pointers that can help you gauge the quality of leadership of political aspirants who seek your vote:

  1. Actions

The old saying that actions speak louder than words still remains true. Before you decide who to give your vote, take a moment and evaluate their actions. Are they people who say too much and do very little or are their talks commensurate with their actions? Based history, aspirants promise a lot during campaigns but once elected, they forget those promises and end up doing very little or even nothing by the time their term comes to an end. In many occasions, their plans are heavy on words but light on action; you therefore need to evaluate their past records on turning those words into actions.

  1. Management

How do aspirants seeking elective positions manage resources? Can they be trusted to share resources equitably based on the needs of the public or would they allocate them based on favoritism? Are they selfish, only thinking of themselves? Some elected leaders use public resources personal gains leading to poor development due to misplaced priorities and misappropriation funds. Previously, we have seen elected leaders raise their salaries and allowances without considering the impact that has on citizens. Before you vote for an aspiring political leader, do some background check to determine their motivation to vie for a political seat and find out whether the person can be trusted to manage public resources prudently.

  1. Commitment

Political leadership is about committing to consistently undertake specific tasks or roles. You want to ensure that the leader you elect has the enthusiasm and knowledge to represent or address the needs of his or her constituent. For instance, if an aspirant is seeking is seeking a legislative post, you want to ensure that the person has what it takes to attend parliament or county assembly sessions, participate in house committees and contribute to discussions there in.

  1. Conduct

Chapter six of the Kenya constitutions clearly stipulates how holders of public office should conduct themselves. Beyond these provisions, it is important to note that leaders are role models. This being the case, you want to elect people who conduct themselves well, make sober decisions and discuss issues without resorting to violence or name calling. You want leaders who can collaborate with others to address the needs of the public.

  1. Planning

Good leaders are able to plan and develop strategies to avert crisis situations. Evaluate aspirants to see whether they are forward looking or they are always managing crisis due to poor decision making and planning skills. Opt for those who have a clear vision and can break that vision into practical actions to make it happen.

These are some of the pointers that can help you determine who to vote for in the 2017 elections. Do you have another pointer that we can add this list and help Kenyans to vote for the right people this coming elections? Add it to our comments section below….



  1. Edwardo 15 February, 2017 at 10:01 Reply

    Mwanasiasa ni matendo, si kusema tu how can we hold our leaders to account especially matters pertaining their manifestos?

  2. Wangare 17 May, 2017 at 13:10 Reply

    Voter Apathy is the root of all our problems we seem to vote in people who have no ability and capability to lead. We are the sole employers of elected representatives, we should therefore vote in someone as per her/his track record and resume’

  3. Sheila Des 31 October, 2018 at 23:43 Reply

    been observing those elected leaders who were elected for a second term. Most of them are no longer keen to ensure the needs of the people they represent are met. They are busy enriching themselves and doing their own things. Maybe it’s because they know their tenure is coming to an end. It is indeed important to vote for a leader who would remain committed till the end

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