LEADERSHIP AND TOLERANCE: TOWARDS PEACE AND NON-VIOLENCE
It is common knowledge that society is more prosperous during the time of peace and non-violence. These elements lead to the rapid developmental growth of any given society. To this end, peace and non-violence become desirable. In fact, lovers of peace preach non-violence; nothing could be more desirable. It is important, however, to ask: how can peace be attained? How do we maintain peace and non-violence? Can leadership bring about peace and non-violence? What about tolerance? These questions lead us to the problem this study seeks to address: can leadership and tolerance lead to peace and non-violence in society? Nations have been torn apart in some parts of the world due to poor leadership amongst other factors? Some leaders have gone to war just to massage their ego rather than broker peace and pursue non-violence. Some leaders too cannot accommodate dissident voices. This brings about the chaos in society and raises tensions. Thus, the opposition can be cramped down and freedom, guaranteed by the constitution, is threatened. The practice of tolerance becomes important in this regard. This study adopts the analytic method. Thus, conceptual analysis of the words leadership, tolerance, peace, and non-violence would be carried out with a view to evaluating the problems concerned with leadership and tolerance from a social-political dimension. The study argues that tolerance and leadership cannot be devoid if peace and non-violence must be attained and maintained. The paper concludes that to keep the peace and non-violence leadership must embrace tolerance; leaders, as well as followers, are to have the virtue of tolerance to resolving crises and all forms of aggression.