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Robert Mugabe The Leader Essay

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Robert Mugabe the leaderWhen we consider the authoritarian leadership style we unconditionally connect the word "Dictator" to it. This leads one to consider men and women who fit the classic description of dictator. One name tends to jump out from the vast number of names. That name is Hitler. However, in more recent times the world has seen its fair share of authoritarian leaders. Africa has seen its fair share of them too. One African leader branded by many as a dictator is the Zimbabwean president, Mr. Robert Mugabe.He has been called: "President, Robert, Mugabe, Uncle Bob, Bob, that lunatic, crazy dictator, the Hitler of Africa." You could call President Mugabe whatever you wanted but ...view middle of the document...

A leader is defined as one who serves his or her people. As well defined as this may sound it often proves to be far more relative than considered before. How do you define service delivered to a cause or a vision by one person when it is contrary to your cause or vision? How objective will the opposition be to such a service rendered? We must therefore conclude that serving the people is relative to the need of the majority and the opinion of the opposition. In this respect Robert Mugabe must qualify as a leader.A leader is not only about the position a person may hold, but also the respect that that person holds. In the context of the Zimbabwean history it is very clear that Robert Mugabe not only holds the highest office in government, but he has also earned the respect, reverence, and fear of a large majority of the Zimbabwean people. Robert Mugabe is a hero to many of the Zimbabwean people. Robert Mugabe is also a hero to many African people, including many leaders.When Mr. Mugabe started out as the leader of an independent Zimbabwe, many supporters of the previous regime feared a blood bath. These fears were put to rest when Mr. Mugabe reached out to his former enemies. During the fledgling years of baby Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe involved the opposition in an uneasy effort to reconcile the nation. It was only later that the political leader of that great nation seemed to lose the plot of the story.When did the political leader of Zimbabwe turn into the man branded as dictator? It is the love of his live, Sally, whom many observers also describe as his best friend and confidant that seems to have inspired him. It is even recorded that at meetings he will be required to make a decision and would answer with a simple: "I'll ask Sally." The meeting would then be adjourned until he had spoken to his wife. Sally seemed to have a positive and calming effect on the president. In 1992 she died and many observers describe this event as the turning point in his leadership.One may rightly ask what happened to the man. In 1996 Robert Mugabe married his second wife Grace. It was during this time that a noticeable change came over Mr. Mugabe. He would withdraw himself for periods of time. It is speculated that he missed the one presence that made him a great political leader, Sally.A leader must have a clear direction into which he wants to move. He must provide this direction to his people. When there is a shared direction and a shared destination or ideal outcome it becomes a more obtainable outcome. Mr Mugabe continued true to this shared direction, and direction remained the Zimbabwean Utopia; A place of peace and prosperity for his people.If we consider the implication of the above paragraph it follows that we have to consider that Mr Mugabe didn't change his plan for his people. He only changed the way in which they would get there. Even more pertinent: Who would get there? It therefore leads us to conclude that if it was not a new direction it must be...

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