Bridges and Leadership

I watched in dismay, shock, and fear a television news report

. . . school children with heavy knapsacks, 

. . . farmers with donkey loaded produce,

. . . teachers, dressed in professional attire, exchanging high heel shoes for sneakers,

. . . the elderly crawling on all fours,

. . . carefully descending a muddy, stony, and precarious ravine,

dancing like ballerinas on slippery rocks caressed by the roaring river,

and . . . chiseled sculptured young men providing helping hands and saving many from drowning, broken bones, and bruised skin, helping each to ascend the other side of the valley.


Collapsed bridge,

Crossing a  major river,

Connecting villages to schools, police station, farms, and shops.

Anaemic leadership is like a collapsed bridge.

There’s chaos, disorder, anarchy, confusion, unbearable hardships, unresolved conflicts, and

Like a unnurtured tree, bears poor fruits.

Healthy leadership connects, not to create uniformity, but to hold healthy tensions,

Connects people.

Connects differences.

Connects diversities.

Connects ideas.

Connects perspectives.

Connects communities.

Connects spiritualities.

Connects, connects, connects.

If bridges collapse

Replacement is the answer, even a Bailey Bridge leader.

Sadly, replacements in many instances are slow in arriving.

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