Founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation International (JBFI) and Malawi’s former President Joyce Banda on Saturday, delivered a lecture at the University of Redlands’ Homecoming and Parents Weekend Celebration in the United States of America.
The Lecture, whose title was “Redefining Leadership to Advance Social Justice Through Individual Action,” was part of University of Redlands’ Convocation and Lecture Series.
Banda said she was honored to deliver the lecture, which she said was an opportunity to share ideas
“As we engage to add new insights to the concept of ‘redefined leadership’, as an emerging leadership perspective”.
Banda explained that ‘redefined leadership’ is a new leadership approach that is people-centered and not leader-centered.
Said Banda: “It is about a leader who realizes the fact that power is with the people and that as a leader, it is incumbent upon you to put in place systems and structures that will ensure promotion and protection of citizens’ rights and interests. It is about a leader who fully appreciates the potential and capabilities of all and therefore creates a conducive environment for all to participate in all spheres of social, economic and political life regardless of race, tribe, region, religion and many more other grounds.
“As I have said many times before, leadership is a love affair. As a leader, you fall in love with the people; and the people fall in love with you. It is an emotional phenomenon founded and built on mutuality, common good and shared vision between the leader and the people,” she explained.
Banda, who is also founder and leader of the People’s Party (PP) further said that the philosophy of servant leadership entails having a conviction and, above all, accepting the fact that what is in the best interest of all prevails over what is in the interest of you, as a leader.
She further explained that servant leadership is also about making and shaping systems that put the rights and welfare of the citizenry at the center from the margins and give the citizenry the right tools to lift themselves out of poverty and national wealth benefitting the masses and not only those in positions of power or the selected few.
Banda is currently a distinguished fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. United States of America