National unity is a breeding ground for growth. The dissolution of tension is predicated on the inward purpose that the country’s future is not based on individual good, but what’s best for the whole nation. Another way of putting it is – it takes teamwork which means its all inclusive. Everyone is important for the success of the nation and no one is unimportant to be left behind. However, unity is doesn’t “just happen!” It takes an intentionality requiring personal effort. It begins with leadership setting the example.
How to achieve it.
A leader must establish consistency in his pattern of life and decision making. Why is that so important? Because consistency creates trust. When people see you making decisions over and over in a consistent manner, they begin to trust because of your stability. It doesn’t matter if you are a leader of a nation, company, or religious institution, people rest when they see with confidence that a leader is stable. Instability creates an atmosphere of wonderment, fear, and confusion, due to the fact that individuals feel they have nothing to anchor themselves to.
Leadership must be patient! Impatience has to be the biggest reason for most accidents on the highway. Couldn’t wait, so taking the chance of running through a red light, or passing someone when it wasn’t safe, and the list is endless. Impatience causes more problems in families, friendships, and work environments, than we give it credit for. We all have those heated moments where we say something and immediately regret we ever left it leave our lips. Sadly, repairing the damage takes much longer than it took to say it. A little forethought and self-control goes a long way in maintaining peace in all situations.
Be careful of hypocrisy! Never expect someone to keep a standard that you do not keep yourself. Hypocrisy only fools ourselves but no one else is. When others see it, every truth we ever told immediately comes into question. Integrity is lost and our leadership impact loses affect form that moment on. Leaders set the standard and require it first in themselves. Edward R. Murrow said “To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.” Ask yourself this question – if you lose your integrity, what is left? Money cannot build integrity, only a lifestyle can do that. Only expect out of others what you would expect out of you.
If we want national growth in all areas then unity becomes the ingredient to get the job done. It comes with a price that money can’t achieve or pay. It is the price of self-sacrifice! Maintaining integrity requires investment coming from the depot of inconvenience in our lives. Yes, we may experience pain from time to time by remaining consistent when it is not popular, but in the end we are not doing all of this for ourselves but to create a team attitude.
Let’s take this attitude – it’s not about me, it’s about US!
“Treat others the way you want to be treated“