FORMER President John Agyekum Kufuor last week, admonished leaders to leave impacting legacies worth emulating.

Speaking at the maiden Bishop Owusu Tabiri Memorial Lectures, he said leaders must look beyond themselves and focus on making a difference in the lives of others.

According to the former President, who spoke on the theme: “Leaving a legacy for the next generation”, material legacy remained a small fraction of the legacies any one could leave, and stressed on the need for impacting legacies which would transform lives.

“The real legacy on our lives is the impact it would have on people after our demise, what prosperity will remember us for, and what changes those legacies would make on people,” he said.

Former President Kufuor cannot be far from the truth, and his admonition is timely, given that the world today is in critical need of selfless leaders who would leave impactful legacies.

The first generation of African leaders clearly demonstrated selflessness in their leadership which brought some level of progress to their countries.

The Nkrumahs, the Nyereres, Kenyattas, Sadats and others left behind monumental legacies that ensured that their people still have fond memories of them.

But can that be said about the leaders who took over from them?

As a matter of fact, leaders after them have also tried to leave some legacies, but their efforts cannot be equated to those of the first generation leaders.

The Times notes that present leaders are too materialistic and, therefore, careless about the people and unable to pursue the agenda that would impact on the lives of the people.

It is our hope that the former President’s admonition would be adhered to by our leaders, since he himself as a leader, can be remembered by his deeds during his tenure of office.

His call is timely and useful for our leaders. It is our hope that the current leaders, and all those who would aspire to leadership positions, would pay heed to the former President’s wise counsel.

We need leaders whose lives would impact positively on the people.

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