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6 Traits of Great Political Leaders in South Africa

For most people, the candidate to vote for is one who stands with a particular political party. So, the love for a certain political outfit supersedes the need to evaluate the candidate based on other important traits. A select few individuals, on the other hand, base their selections on the qualities or characteristics of the politicians. Next is a list of 6 desirable political traits in any great government leader.

Promises are the hallmarks of any political campaign period. So, ensure to keep a keen eye to distinguish between promises that are idealistic and realistic in nature. An electorate that does not make this distinction always ends up with unfulfilled promises, years after the person they voted in assumes office and forgets about the pledges made. It is, however, rare to find such a person because the ability to keep political promises is critical.

Good leaders know how to compromise whenever there are differences of opinion present because divergent views will always come from various quarters. Since people come from differing backgrounds and have varying influencers, there will always be someone who holds a dissimilar opinion. Consequently, these differences are expected even after the elections where they form the forces behind the opposition. The good thing about differing opinions is that people are introduced to new ways of looking at things, and that is what leads to the choice of the best alternatives that are before them.

Voters everywhere are looking for honest leaders because the trait is a rare one. However, honesty is a trait that is not easy to come across because most characters are just looking for approval, meaning that they will say what they want you to hear. On the other hand, a truthful leader knows that he or she might lose an election, but he or she will never tell lies to the public.

It is tough to find an elected or appointed leader who is independent in his or her actions. It is not uncommon to realize later after electing someone that he or she is a puppet who is just working for a certain clique of businesspersons or international governments. To identify an independent person, find out where the campaign cash is coming from or listen to his or her speeches to determine if they are leaning on a particular side.

Very few people, especially those in government are willing to take responsibility for their wrongs. Most of the time, you will hear of finger-pointing, which will stagnate the process of finding a solution because it will be impossible to find the source of the problem under consideration. A great leader will admit where he or she is wrong, and even step down if needed because the purpose of the whole is more important that political self-interests.

A good leader is a selfless one. However, a good number of politicians just want to get the best of government contracts or carry out their illegal trades without challenges from other parties. There are those who will never relinquish power when their terms come to an end and will even change the respective constitutions to make that happen.

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