The president gave the advice yesterday as he addressed close to 2,000 people from the public, private and faith-based organisations attending the training dubbed ‘Purpose Driven Leadership’ led by Pastor Rick Warren at Kigali Convention Center (KCC) organized by PEACE Plan Rwanda founded by Pastor Rick Warren, the leader of Saddleback Church based in the United States.
The training focused on moral values that should characterize leaders and benefits of collaboration between public sector, private sector and churches to build purpose-driven life.
President Kagame emphasized that attaining the objective should be the result of teachings and right choices.
“I really liked when Rick Warren said that dreaming is free. The same is true for making the right choice. We have to choose to practice purpose-driven leadership and achieve results,” he said.
“Making the right choice is not expensive. It is something you have to demand of yourself before you take any action. You have to be able to stand behind your choice as one that moves you towards results. You should not be awaiting aid to help you to make the right choices. There is no assistance for that. It has to come from you. You can be taught but the ultimate choice is yours,” added Kagame.
He highlighted that learning is essential but must be followed by actions applying what you learn to achieve targeted goals.
“Teaching must have a purpose. I want us to find a way to match what we learn with our actions and our purpose. I say this because all of us leaders gathered here know the teachings we receive at church, they make sense and we hear them every day. But the goal is not to repeat good teachings; it is to move from teaching to action to achieve our purpose,” said Kagame.
He said everyone whether leaders in the public sector or other sectors need to examine why they always fall short of the objectives they have set.
“It doesn’t mean that the teachings were not valuable; it means that we have fallen short of turning the teachings into action. That is the problem we have to address, learning is essential but it should not be in vain,” advised Kagame.
He explained that the first step should be willingness to correct oneself and to continuously learn; then find time for self-examination, ask oneself why he/she is falling short, what weaknesses are and find a way to address them.
“If you wait for someone to point out your shortcomings, they will not be resolved because when you are criticized by others, you don’t believe them or you think it is disrespectful. It is human nature to reject criticism, that is why you need self-evaluation,” stressed Kagame.