Leadership is Being a Good Listener – Cllr Hlabano

BULAWAYO– Councillor for Bulawayo’s Ward 26, which covers Emganwini Township, Norman Hlabano, has said leadership is all about one being a good listener.

Hlabano, who has been in Council for the past nine years, and is the current acting mayor, is one of the councillors who have benefited from ZDDT’s leadership trainings.

“Leadership is about being a good listener to the community,” Hlabano told the ZDDT News.

“You can’t be a leader without the community. You learn every day from the community through listening. ZDDT engaged us as councillors, including the Community Action Teams,

in training in team work. My leadership, according to the ZDDT concept, does not focus only on a councillor but also includes members of the community.”

Hlabano has chaired a number of Council Committees since he came into office in 2008 such as Engineering Services and Environment, while he currently chairs the Water Committee.

The enthusiastic councillor said, before he entered local government, he was approached by residents to represent them in Council, adding it was not his choice.

“It wasn’t easy then. I am a people-driven councillor, not the self-driven one,” he emphasised.