Seniority vs. Superiority

A group of my friends battling with high voices at a corner caught my attention. They were too loud, I had to stop them. As I took a few steps near them, I heard their rambling arguments filled with annoyance and a pittance of rage. Words like ‘unjust’ and ‘unfair’ sprung in the air. Their tones were going louder and their voices could cause them intrigue. But as their arguments spat on each other’s faces, it became vivid to me what their big fight was all about.

What they were talking about was only a portion of a general controversy, a common problem in the society, an unavoidable topic for imminent gossip. People from here and there have talked about it with great comparison to their subjects.

Seniority versus Superiority, who wins?

In this case, most student organizations dwell and fall under this dilemma. It is always a favored topic along with made-up stories, backstabbing insults and ugly truths. As a natural obligation of any group, society and organization, all are required to initiate a sustainable and reliable leadership for the group, of course, in order to bring an organized and productive community. Then again, there are factors to see through in order to pick the right leader. Should it be someone who had stayed long enough in the group, who adapted the system, who has acquired traditional knowledge and the experience he/she has gained over the years? Or should it be someone with great potential for leadership, has the skills that are visually higher than the other one, to be considered and worthy of command but has not been there long enough to see how the system works?

Who wins? Who deserves a hand at command and power?

It would not be odd that these two questions are frequently a hot topic among organizations. A dance group, for instance, is under this dilemma. Two candidates for leadership steps up in front to present themselves. The two differ greatly in quality as he first one would be described as a senior of the group, and has known the traditional system of command, but in the obvious sense, she does not have the same skills as the other candidate, whereas, the other one whose dancing skills range higher and more professional than the other, falls under the leadership of a senior who shows an iron fist yet does not set an example of skill and professionalism that is the nature of the organization. I could only imagine ‘justice’ and ‘righteousness’ are mere words that resound low and hollow.

A system would not always be maintained. When the times change, the used system would not always be applicable for any existing groups. It has to be adjusted. But this idea would be considered a contradiction if the kind of leader chosen would just stick to what is old and what is used for countless years.

The leader could either sustain or adjust the system, which would affect those under it. It is as simple as knowing that a 3315 Nokia Cellphone is not capable of Instant Image Capturing for emergencies than those cellphones who does.  Times are changing. If the system that the leader created and influenced then and was effective, it doesn’t always mean it’s effective now.

The fact that a group needs someone to lead them opens us to the freedom for us to speak about what we need and discern to who is the more capable leader. To choose a leader, the audience must have a keen eye for major characteristics that are applicable and fits the needs of the group. If the leader possesses the years she has acquired in her existing group, she must be open enough to consider the facts that the nature and the people in it change, and that she must acknowledge the idea of adjusting to the needs of the group. Same goes for candidates for leadership who possesses lesser years in the group but has the potential skill that is greater than the other. He must consider the history of the effectiveness of the traditional system built since the development of the group and be open enough implement it. Leadership is not a matter of power and command among those under it, it is a matter of responding to the needs of the members and for the burgeoning development for the future.

If the problem is crystal clear and the answer you seek is visible, I congratulate you. Maybe by then, there would be no more rumors and arguments of vehemence would finally cease in classrooms that are too small to contain their backstabbing statements.

If I were asked of my stand between Seniority and Superiority, I would say I’d be where I’ve always stood, in the side of ‘Justice” and what is better.


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