What Trump’s victory means to me

The people of USA have chosen Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. They have chosen him inspite of all the derogatory statements, his perspective on women reducing them to mere sex objects and the multiple sexual harassment cases and child sexual abuse against him. This makes me believe that either the people deep down inside are […]

The people of USA have chosen Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. They have chosen him inspite of all the derogatory statements, his perspective on women reducing them to mere sex objects and the multiple sexual harassment cases and child sexual abuse against him. This makes me believe that either the people deep down inside are […]

Extraordinary times

Extraordinary times these are that Manipur is living in. But its tragedy is, these extraordinary times are being met by a general ordinariness of mindset all around. The collective obsession as of today, it would not be too much of an exaggeration to say, is entrapped narcissism. Almost by a compulsion of circumstance, few if […]

Extraordinary times these are that Manipur is living in. But its tragedy is, these extraordinary times are being met by a general ordinariness of mindset all around. The collective obsession as of today, it would not be too much of an exaggeration to say, is entrapped narcissism. Almost by a compulsion of circumstance, few if […]

Empty Driver’s Seat

Among so many others, what Manipur urgently needs today, is a sense that things are being looked after, and even if they are bad now the effort to get things better have not been abandoned. Nobody is so naive as to actually expect skyscrapers to begin sprouting, incomes to make any quantum leap, swank shopping […]

Among so many others, what Manipur urgently needs today, is a sense that things are being looked after, and even if they are bad now the effort to get things better have not been abandoned. Nobody is so naive as to actually expect skyscrapers to begin sprouting, incomes to make any quantum leap, swank shopping […]

We don’t need a messiah!

  By:- Erendro Leichombam We have the tendency to await charismatic & messianic authority figures to solve all our complicated problems. When our leaders aren’t able to meet these expectations we are disappointed. So disappointed, either we become cynical and … Continue reading

Okram Ibobi,CM OF Manipur. Photo Courtesy: The Hindu

Okram Ibobi,CM OF Manipur.
Photo Courtesy: The Hindu

 

By:- Erendro Leichombam

We have the tendency to await charismatic & messianic authority figures to solve all our complicated problems. When our leaders aren’t able to meet these expectations we are disappointed. So disappointed, either we become cynical and completely give up, or we resign to our current situation and tend to focus on the failure of our current leadership. Rarely do we modify, manage, or redefine the model of leadership we hold as ideal. Yes, we do need leaders with integrity, of quality, and of moral strength. But we don’t need to place them near godliness. Instead, we also need to engage in public reflection and responsibility.

 

A surgeon does diagnosis, prognosis, & treatment. They solve the problems for us. But the solutions to the most complicated problems in a community lies only with the people, not one godlike figure. The ideal leadership model, thus, should be more like the work of a psychiatrist; they help people see the problem at its root, and then suggest organic solutions through lasting inner transformations. In other words, its about the people, not the leaders per se (Heifetz).

 

Therefore, perhaps we could start expecting leaders to be more human: one who communicates more honestly with the public, educates, facilitates a more inclusive dialogue for mutual understanding of the challenges, unites more effectively, and then share the responsibility of implementing policies that address major issues in our community. I think the people are inherently smart enough to start accepting humans as leaders. Not messiah.