Lead­ers with vi­sion

Business Bhutan - - Editoria -

The cab­i­net has been formed and it is his­toric in many ways.

The Prime Min­is­ter is some­one with­out a po­lit­i­cal back­ground but he has proved that find­ing the peo­ple’s pulse and echo­ing it is one very im­por­tant trait of a leader.

Also, the youngest min­is­ter in the cab­i­net shows what long­suf­fer­ing, dili­gence and willpower can pro­duce. He has a his­tory that youth of our time can draw in­spi­ra­tion from.

While the age and ex­pe­ri­ence fac­tor can be some de­ter­rents for ca­pa­ble in­di­vid­u­als be­ing ap­pointed in high port­fo­lios, we know that some young peo­ple are wise be­yond their age. And af­ford­ing them a plat­form to ex­er­cise their tal­ents can bring about in­no­va­tion and break­throughs in plans and poli­cies.

We also know that the crown of old age is wis­dom. And those who have served well in their ca­pac­i­ties be­fore tak­ing over as min­is­ter stand to of­fer a lot to the peo­ple. They can syn­er­gize the old and the new to lead with dy­namism.

We can also be as­sured that when a woman is min­is­ter, she will first think as a woman, then a min­is­ter so fe­male cit­i­zens can gar­ner sup­port and em­pa­thy from her on is­sues that af­fect them deeply. It is a step­ping stone to­ward a more in­clu­sive gov­ern­ment.

When all the re­gions in the coun­try are rep­re­sented in the par­lia­ment, we can also be re­lieved that it is not lop­sided and the na­tion is not di­vided on party lines.

The new gov­ern­ment is on the thresh­old of an era that holds po­lit­i­cal prom­ise. The Bhutanese are po­lit­i­cally wiser and they are more aware of how to make smart de­ci­sions. Democ­racy is a decade old.

As we start the jour­ney with new au­thor­i­ties and heads, let us re­mem­ber that lead­ers shoul­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity of lead­ing with vi­sion. And the fol­low­ers must act as a com­pass to tell them what they want and need. And yes, speak out when the lead­ers are fail­ing.

One can­not ex­ist with­out the other. It is a sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ship and checks and bal­ances are nec­es­sary to keep our lead­ers ac­count­able as well.

They say, power and money cor­rupts. We can only pray that our lead­ers will have the in­sight and far­sight­ed­ness to act in a way that brings honor to their elected po­si­tions and in­spire the gen­er­a­tions that fol­low to do even bet­ter.

The need of the sit­u­a­tion is for lead­ers with vi­sion. We hope the new lot won’t dis­ap­point.

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