The temptations leaders face

23 Oct

What does it mean to have power? It is to have all things made easy for one to compensate for the heavy responsibility conferred. People strive to please, to rid for you nasty obstacles, to affirm your edicts…etc. No wonder many who have tasted power become egomaniacs.

  And the way one acts as a leader is also dictated by situation. If you were to appear less firm in your decisions, to consult others too frequently, to wish to make life easier for your subordinates, you would be disrespected, giving your power to those whom you consult too frequently, unable to make speedy decisions (counselors may squabble or have goals of their own), and doing everything yourself.

  So leaders are forced to rely on their own imperfect judgments, take a stand in issues where it is wisest to be moderate, be somewhat tyrannical and dictate work to others. Turning to democracy may make the leader aware of his responsibility to the people for a longer period, but also fosters leaders who know how to please but not necessarily to lead, who cannot make long term plans for the country for they cannot be sure that their plans will not be superseded by the next president.

  If these leaders are easily persuaded, then they are not likely to abstain from being authoritative while in office, because the environment is so eager to please.

  Leader are human. Good leaders may be deserving of credit, but in general leaders will fail us if we worship them (or at least the group about him worships him). They are expected to see a panoramic view of the nation’s wants, but that would be wishing for too much.

  Everyone would like to believe they are special. Being a leader puts you at risk for believing that you are a cut above the normal breed and exempt from faulty decisions.

  Taiwan’s leadership faces a cultural challenge that makes it extremely difficult for leaders to keep their environment free of fawning subjects. We must treat those who have done us favors with kindness. So even if our secretary is a little too agreeable, we cannot fire them on the grounds that they work for us without judgement. The vice is the virtue. The virtue must be rewarded, however little good it does to our future ability to keep on our toes.

Chosing a leader

  A democracy is the expendition of greater resources in the political process in order to foster a sense of equality. For this generation, it is handed to us on a golden platter. We, who have never shed a drop of blood for its deliverance. Some of us, knowing that we must choose wisely, neglect to vote simply because the task is too daunting – politics had become a complex affair, and it’s hard work trying to look past all those campaign tricks to see true competence. We neglect to vote, while those more naive stand in line to pick one who has once shook their hand, smiled into their eyes, or promised a retirement pension the government couldn’t possibly afford.

  Politics has become a matter of charisma over ability, money over integrity. We are dazzled by fine choices and crippled by no choices; Plagued by the question: Which is the lesser evil?

  For myself, I have a few rules in choosing a candidate:

1. If he/she gives you money, take it and vote for the other guy.

2. Do not vote for candidates who attack their opponents more than they talk about their own policies.

3. Do not vote for candidates who are unrealistically idealistic.

4. Do not vote for candidates who throw money at every policy – it’s your money.

5. Do not vote for candidates whose supporters act like rabid animals.

6. Do not vote for candidates who allow their supporters to act like rabid animals.

7. Do not vote for candidates who focus a great deal on their own disadvantaged upbringing. Poverty does not equal virtue.

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