My Views on Leadership
Leadership in my views means a leader having a vision and enough moral values to translate your vision into reality. A vision can be as big as transforming a country into in the next ten years by a political leader or to be a world-wide leader in making innovative consumer electronics items such as Apple Inc. So, vision can be adjusted according to the scale and nature of your ambition. The most important aspect of vision is clarity and defined goals. Surely, a vision cannot be open-ended; there should be a well-oriented path or a guiding tunnel that helps you avoid being lost somewhere. For example, a political leader who wants to transform a country and break the status-quo of a rotten system has to provide us with the alternative? And how do you do that? You explain your vision through manifesto in terms of economic, foreign, social, environmental and domestic policies. Moreover, you should be able to be an adaptive leader;
you should be the ‘Agent of Change’. Your ideas and polic
ies should have the novelty aspect to it and they should be actionable too. How about engaging your followers differently than a typical status quo leader? Perhaps, have a google Hang-out with your followers and answer their concerns and queries, and also take their suggestions on board for policy making. Similarly, if Apple Inc is today the leader in making innovative smart electronic consumer devices, then it has to keep maintaining such high standards, no guarantee five years down the line; you would still be the leader. We just touched upon the vision aspect of leadership and talked about innovation and adaptability, what about the moral qualities? How do the leaders command respect from the followers? By dictation?
If you say ‘YES’ then I guess you ar
e yet to comprehend the enormous environmental change. Gone are those days, when leaders by dictating could make their followers stick to their dictation and to the job.
Now every individual is brimming with choices. If the political leader’s vision and id
eas and policies are not catchy and substantive, people will explore other parties that could relate to them. Therefore, the
only way you could truly involve your followers is by engaging them, and when I say ‘Engaging’ it is altogether different from ‘
. By engaging I mean, you make the followers believe by your words, actions and attributes that the vision and goals we are pursuing are worth-chasing. In terms of morals values, a leader should lead by example! If a leader asks about transparency and ending corruption, being a follower, I may ask, Is he good enough himself to talk about corruption and transparency in his manifesto? Is he a proper tax-paying citizen himself?
Has he declared his and other party leaders’ assets
and tax details on the
party’s official website?
Has he ever been involved in any financial or moral scandals in the past that could question his integrity as a leader? What are the actionable plans he has to curb corruption and bring transparency once he assumes power? Are the plans mere rhetoric or viable in the given situation? Based on these criteria, I chose Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf as the party and Imran Khan as the leader to vote for in the last elections. Moreover, Imran Khan as a leader is fearless and is never willing to compromise on his vision of working for Justice, humanity and transparent governance. Having been in a political arena for 17 years without any poll success, I realized his vision was too good for the common man to understand, since, Pakistan has a literacy rate of around 50%, and 60% of the population lives in villages, the common man in village was stuck voting for corrupt status-quo politicians due to fear and lack of knowledge. However, with the recent demographic shift (60% of