Leaders with vision
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.