Political Leadership: management or revolution?


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Is it a mandate from the citizenship to drive the country into a revolution or just a good management of Public resources and institutions? Which is the expectation? Which is the result that the voters are seeking for?

Is it very difficult to give an accurate answer if is not in the context of personal skills from the leader*, well-being levels for the citizenship and economic-social-financial circumstances of the country at a specific historical momentum. In addition -which is in fact another debate about measures of happiness- it depends on how the population perceives that momentum as threaten or not. Is it so that under this “subjectivity” the role of a political leader within a democratic system is linked to the needs of change of the majority of the population or/and to a minority group enough skillful to connect with the people without deliver solutions – corrupt systems-. Above all, personal charisma becomes very important to be able to make a difference. Is it here when we see the importance of establishing strong rules on transparency and accountability to boost a results-driven leadership´s strategy. A modern leader must be up to the challenges that the country is living at that specific momentum of crisis, ideally without the manipulation of a good communications strategy.

Donald Trump is a surprising profile of leader that makes a “revolution” paradoxically without being a revolutionary and keeping the most conservative aspects of American policies, without attending the demands of a majority of the people inside and outside the country. Trump´s incapacity for conciliation is what makes of him a political leader closer to a managerial model rather than a real revolutionary. The revolutionary changes with negative global impact -COP21, UNESCO, etc.- contrast with the conservative and aggressive approach on foreign affairs -Middle East military presence-. There is no change of foreign relations for America if there is still an untouchable military status quo, albeit there are withdrawing from global institutions. Revolution comes from holistic changes, not managerial decisions with any coherent link among them.

 Revolution it’s a choice and an attitude with tangible –and successful goals- and in-depth changes for the system at all levels. Management is about keeping an economic-financial model in good health and with good prospects without making changes.

Traditional societies with conservative ideological positions –left or right-wing- tends to make changes that guarantee the preservation of the model without innovative solutions –although creative-. Instead modern societies are open to change –also- ideologically.

Is it about idealism or the skillful capacity to channel personal vision with tangible proposals that lead a country to prosperity and healthy foreign relations? Political leadership is a loyal representation of citizen´s interests in which personal convictions and ideological vision mark that revolutionary/managerial road in a certain political momentum.

Catalonia process is a good model of the importance of being clear of what/how/who represents Catalan´s interests and the imperative need for a visionary leadership resilient to current crisis that led the way towards integration and change.

The mere existence of a Separatist group exposures the need for in-depth changes of the entire Spanish system. After a violent attack in Barcelona and internal attack by riot police during Independence´ referendum it becomes more than evident that Catalan society is claiming for a revolution that assures their liberties -within Spain or not-. Even if it were a reasonable way-out inside the country with a Constitutional reform, is it also part of a revolutionary process that is leading their destinies towards a new organization. Is in this sense that the print of a flexible personal leadership is highly important and may be the answer to resolve this traumatic situation for all. Definitely a management leadership would not deliver solutions; trying to keep traditional codes represents a loss of a great opportunity for making changes to the system.

Current time of crises and uncertainty demands a revolutionary leadership within a visionary political model with proven results, hence, excellent managerial skills for success. There is not that fiction of “managerial or revolutionary” but the smart combination of both that in the end results in a intense and serene revolution of changes. Ideologies aside.

A political leader: a manager and a revolutionary, two visions for one goal ……




* René Magritte, La Décalcomanie, 1966

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