Adequate Mental Health, a Prerequisite for Effective Administration

Kenneth Ubani


Mentality as well as Mental imbalance is a possible cause of crime and maladministration in most societies. Mental state is one important factor that can condition one’s mind to act one way or the other. This is why mental health is significant in one’s life. But it seems it is often neglected in health care considerations in most societies. Mentality and Mental health often condition the performance of an individual in a position of authority or public service. In most societies, credible governance or leadership seems to be taken for granted thus arbitrary selection or imposition of leaders, usurpation or violent coveting of offices, crime, domination or other forms of headship responsibilities without consideration on the mental states of individuals involved. Leadership is an important aspect of human organization. In an egalitarian society hegemony can make or mare a people. The thrust of this article is on mental health provisions and who should lead. One aspect of consideration, which this paper emphasizes, as a major discourse is Mentality and mental health as basic qualifications or prerequisite for leadership because of its varied consequences if not checked and certified in an individual before a leadership selection is made and also the ability to detect a misnomer by possible inference in an individual leader and the need for replacement or rehabilitation until one is proved fit. By observation, the paper exposes the many dangers of having a mentally indisposed personality as the leader with suggestions on how or who should be selected to run or lead a public office. At the end we suggested that people who should lead should be of sound mind, positive mentality showing positive character and must be tested mentally before they assume public office. Criteria for test has been subsequently and tentatively prescribed.


Mental; Health; Imbalance; Leadership

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