How Does Ego Cause Salva kiir Mayardit To Self-Destruct?

By Gai James Kai,


South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir (Photo: BBC)
South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir (Photo: BBC)

July 2, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Well; ladies and gentlemen, If you look at leaders in real life you’ll discover that some people in leadership roles maintain their effectiveness over time, but Salva Kiir Kuethpiny go from being effective to becoming ineffective, sometimes becoming destructive forces in South Sudan. How can this be?

One common cause of this kind of negative shift involves the ego (or sense of self- importance) that can occur when Kiir is in a leadership position and loses perspective about his role in the country.

It’s not uncommon for someone who has power and authority to come to believe that he or she is far more important knowledgeable and able when it is really the case. In common language, we can call this “believing the press clippings”.

It’s not surprising. A successful leader tends to garner large amounts of praise and recognition for successes both from those outside political parties, but also from followers within the political organization.  This is particularly problematic in situations where Mr. “Innu” sets up an internal organizational culture that supports communicating about positive things, and sweeping bad news under the rug . In these situations Kiir does not receive the kinds of feedback about what he needs to do differently, and comes to believe in his infallibility.

Apart from inadequate feedback from followers, another cause of ego sabotage comes from what we call misattribution of success. It is common for human beings to use the halo effect, and attribute success to a leader, when in fact, that success is not do to the specific leader, but to a large variety of other factors. Misattribution attributes cause and effect to the wrong sources.

It is true that some leaders succeed (at least for a while) due to being in the right place at the right time with the right skills.

However, as situations change, Kiir who does not change along with the situations (due to ego) has intended to self-destruct.

Is it surprising that leaders who are elevated to legendary status start to believe in their own perfection? As evidence for the effects of misattribution, it’s interesting to look at Salva Kiir who wass effective in military position but fail badly when he moved to the top job (presidency).

Finally, and perhaps most important, leaders who allow their egos to run rampant will tend to stop doing what made them successful in the first place. For example, a leader may succeed because he or she created good relationships with those around him or her, listening, responding, and so on. With success (and the belief that it’s the leader that is creating great success), however; Kiir stopped listening, and became out of touch.

Gai James Kai, is a Law student at Nkumba University and federal writer living in Kampala-Uganda.  He can be reached on; gaijames11@gmail.com, +256779188786

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