IN the past couple of days, Jacob Zuma was visibly angered by the way in which people evaluate the government's performance – specifically himself.
A leader of virtuous attributes will never resort to being instantly defensive. A leader of character will employ introspection with an objective to finding out what the root cause is for people "criticising" government's performance.
Whatever Zuma says the government has achieved is obliterated and polluted by the diabolic monster called corruption.
Mr President, people have reacted with aversion to the government's performance because they see and feel the negative impact of the rampant corruption on a daily basis.
As an honourable leader, your conscience and introspection should convince you that, if there was no corruption of this magnitude, people's evaluation of the government's performance could have been different.
This is simply because, in the absence of this corrosive corruption, sufficient resources would be available to adequately and rapidly provide effective service to the needy. Instead, in Zuma's government, the politicians are busy depleting and plundering the very resources that would hasten impressive, desired and reliable service.
Inevitably, this abundance of corruption will lead to people evaluating the Zuma administration in a way that will cause displeasure with Zuma and his colleagues.
Mr President, here is a simple formula for ethical leadership. Good governance minus corruption equals to effective sustainability of resources.
Consequently, this avails the resources and directs them to the people who really need them and those very people may then start to see and evaluate you a in a different way.
So stop being defensive and start to be a leader of integrity, decisiveness, accountability and honesty.
Even if it means taking actions that may be perceived negatively by some within your administration.
At least, in that regard, there could be some perceptions of a thread of integrity in the way people measure your performance.
Julian Ngcangca, Hunters Retreat, Port Elizabeth.