Emile Short urges leaders to stand up for their values in a corrupt society

Justice Emile Short
Justice Emile Short

Mr Justice Emile Short, former commissioner of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), has called on leaders to stand up for their values even in a corrupted society.

He said though the environment within which they operated might be morally corrupt, they would need to stand up for their values to bring about change in society.

This was at a book launch of “Leadership in Africa, redefined- the untold stories,” authored by Taaka Awori, founder of Busara Africa, a Leadership Development Consulting Firm, based in Ghana.

He recounted when he was appointed as the CHRAJ boss just after Ghana had moved from military rule to a democratic one, he investigated alleged corrupted ministers.

The former Commissioner said though there were challenging moments, he was guided by the values of integrity and contentment impacted by his father.

Mr Short said he stood up for values during animosity, adding that it was possible for every leader, be it in the corporate, traditional religious or political space, to change the narrative.

He said standing true to what one believed would help bring change in one’s time in a morally corrupted environment.
Taaka Awori, the author, said not all African leaders were corrupted as projected.

The book, she said, illustrated 30 outstanding African leaders and their stories and cautioned against defining or telling only negative stories about leaders on the African continent.

She said there were many positive exemplary leaders whose stories were left untold, some of which had been captured in the book.

She urged the African populace, especially those aspiring for leadership positions, to look for such leaders, “focus on them and learn from them.”

Her motivation for authoring the book was for several reasons, including the absence of leadership material relevant to the African context.

Another reason was to guide the next generation of leaders, that is, making it easy for the next generations when the baton had been handed to them.

Professor Raymond A. Atuguba, a law luminary, reviewing the book, said the book was good material for law students and recommended its addition to the students’ reading list.

He described the 250-paged material as real, practical and easy to read.

He was impressed about the incisive and comfortable questions the writer poses to her readers in her conversation with them.

The event also attracted people from the academia, corporate world, Civil Society Organisations, opinion leaders, among others such as Professor Akilakpa Sawyerr.

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