In his speech delivered recently at program marking the induction of the elected officers of the institution, Dr. Bropleh reminded them that they have been called to serve, not to be served.
“It’s called servant leadership. And as Robert Greenleaf carefully put it, the exercise of power begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead,” the Special Envoy and Advisor to President Weah told the inducted officers.
He informed them that their task now is to leverage into this transformative power and utilize it to promote nation building.
He pointed out that this type of leadership, driven by service to others, is crucial to addressing the daunting challenges confronting “your colleagues in this institution, the community, and the nation at large.”
Dr. Bropleh, a former minister of information during the first tenure of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, earlier proudly congratulated all, winners and runner-ups, for successfully conducting a process that has satisfactorily produced a leadership to govern their activities moving forward.
On the other hand, the former information minister admonished those who were not elected not be remain bitter opposition with a non-chalanty attitudes that would rather undermine than support the new administration.
“Offer constructive pieces of advice and let the new administration live out its term. This clearly demonstrates leadership and responsible citizenship, as well as a confirmation that our democracy has come of age and is getting stronger by the day,” the Liberian diplomat further admonished them amid tremendous applause from the audience.
Meanwhile, the Liberian lawyer intimated to the inducted officers that, “As you matriculate into leadership with your peers, I want to remind you that there is a difference between winning and succeeding. You’ve won the elections against a few contenders, but that does not automatically make you or your leadership successful. It is what you do with the authority given you to lead that determines your success.”
“Rather than using your authority to incite your colleagues into violent protests against administration, you must instead use your authority to engage administration into dialogue as a way of addressing your grievances. You must ask yourselves the hard questions: how does violence solve the problem of overage enrollment,?” he intoned.
According to him, the truth is violence does not solve any problem; it only exacerbates the already existing ones.
“It is only true leadership which encompasses love for country, desire for national progress and looks beyond personal aggrandizements, when employed in our service to institutions and the state at large, can find lasting solutions to the confronting challenges,” the tough talking Methodist Prelate stated.
Against this backdrop, he challenged the inducted officers to employ servant hood as they lead their colleagues, because according to him, it will compel them to take action, which is a moral imperative to exercise the values of empathy, compassion, justice, and equity.
“With servant leadership, you can advance change here at the Mary Brownell Institute by creating a people-centered model where each of your colleague is called upon to leverage his or her gifts and talents to make a difference not only for the Mary Brownell Institute, but Liberia as a whole. Remember, the love of learning, the longing for discovery, and the commitment to pursue excellence are the underpinnings of a great servant leader. I hope you find some considerations in harboring these along your journey of leadership here at the Mary Brownell Institute,” Dr. Bropleh, among other things, added.