On Heralds this week is……
Who is she? She is an Irish lawyer, politician and diplomat who once served as the seventh and first female President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997 she also served as a United Nations High Commissioner for Human rights from 1997 to 2002. Mary Robinson was born as Mary Therese Winifred Bourke in Ballina, County Mayo, in 1944. Mary’s parents were both medical doctors. She was a very intelligent woman who did excellently even in academics as a young woman. Mary attended mount Anville secondary school in Dublin and proceeded to study law at Trinity college also in Dublin. From there she went to Harvard Law school. At a very early actually in Mary’s twenties she was called to the inner Bar as a Senior counsel. She was later appointed as a Reid Professor of Law in her alma mata Trinity college also know as university of Dublin. In 1970 Mary married her husband Nicholas Robinson and they were blessed with three children.
Mary Robinson’s political career began when she was elected into the Dublin city council in 1979,she served there till 1983. She later became a senator representing the Dublin constituency in the Irish upper house. In 1990 she was elected as the seventh and first female President of Ireland. She did so well in office that even her opponent during the presidential election Brian Lenihan himself praised her saying that she was a better president than he ever could have been. Mary Robinson brought to the presidency legal knowledge, deep intellect, and political experience. She reached out to the Irish diaspora and also built a better reputation for the irish more especially that she was the first serving Irish president to visit the United Kingdom and meet Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. She later resigned after seven years in office (July 1997) to take up the position of United Nations high commissioner for human rights in September 1997. She served with the united nations until 2002. She is a member of the elders a group that consists of a group of world leaders brought together to contribute their wisdom, independent leadership and integrity to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems. She is the twenty fourth and first female chancellor of Trinity college (university of Dublin). Mary Robinson has won so many awards and international recognitions and she is a success in her own way.
Mary Robinson is not best human being on earth as she has her own fault and some controversial perspective but she is someone we can learn from. Basically we should learn the following from Mrs Robinson.
1. Impact oriented leadership. If you must lead, live a legacy of impact and not just a record of occupying a position. You research deeper into Mary Robinson life and you may not agree with some things she fault for but one sure thing was that her impart in the life of her followers was appreciated especially as a President.
2. The reward of effective leadership is more responsibility. If you must grow then you must work at being effective even in your current assignment. No reward for failure and lack of standards.
Its being Heralds with Julius Ojonugwa Akubo on Treasure network. Until next week keep being the change you desire to see I love you and I am WISHING YOU A FRUITFUL WEEK!!!