A study in tolerant leadership

By Robinson Agaga

TOLERANCE is the ability or willingness to accommodate the existence of opinions or behaviour that one dislikes or disagrees with. Without tolerance two individuals will not be able to work together. It cuts across various human endeavours: teams, political parties, tribes, race, religion, etc.

Members of a group have to be able to tolerate excesses of the others in various areas which include opinions, behavioural differences, ethnic group, religion, likes and dislikes, level of competence.

Even at work, for a team to achieve its set out objectives and vision, members have to look beyond their variances and appreciate one another in order to create an environment for all to be able to perform in their full capacity.

According to Timothy Keller, tolerance isn’t about not having beliefs. It’s about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you. The ability to tolerate each other defines how well individuals or groups can co-exist and enjoy peace.

The world is undergoing globalisation which is transforming every society and exposing even the most indigenous of the cultures to different ways of life. As this new interaction brings forth constructive dialogues and intercultural exchanges, it also brings with it a wave of inequality, poverty, movements of people and unending civil conflicts. People are rejecting diversity as a weakness and opting for superiority classes and exclusive politics.

Religions are waging wars on other religions in the name of spreading their beliefs. To salvage the situation and to reduce the intolerance around the globe, UNESCO established the International Day of Tolerance to be marked globally every November 16.

The theme for year 2020 is: “Tolerance is Respect, Acceptance, and Appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human”.

This is geared towards creating awareness about accepting one another for the reason that a place where leniency is…

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