The Leaders We Seek: How to Get the Best?

Sivaramakrishnan A By Sivaramakrishnan A, 20th Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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How to get the best and most capable to enter politics and become leaders? For that we need to re-look the reality, the present scenario, unclog and clear the accumulated dirt and our perception of politics.

Where are real Leaders?

The whole world can do with some inspirational leaders, but are they past? Or the best do not want to do anything with politics? I think the latter is more to the point – the wisest among us mind their own business when they find leaders are brought to ground level; the system has evolved to make them look ordinary with little room to manoeuvre to have their way. They are more like administrators anxious to complete their term in office taking care not to upset their apple cart! They know the situation is generally bad and do not want to make it worse! Hard decisions are avoided and reality swept under the carpet. No more taking the issues to the people and carry the day by convincing the ground – a hallmark of a great leader. Now they just react to situations like the rest of us – so who is in charge to take the issues head-on? None, as we see many burning problems lingering forever and passed down generations! There is no consensus or rather no one is willing to take the bull by the horns to take countries forward. We are mired and shackled in the past.

Vicious Cycle

We are given hope before elections with some silver-tongued politicians promising the moon. But they get tongue-tied soon after elections! The elections mean nothing when the victors and losers engage in endless daily polemics. The agenda based on which elections are decided are in the back burner soon! It becomes a daily dog fight for survival with elected leaders warding off body blows and trying to stay above water! Where is the time then to tackle the burning issues of the day? Our political system has become an endless circus with allegations flying back and forth. The media also ups the ante, but the losers are the majority poor. Their hopes are dashed and find themselves worse off. The joke is finally on them and also the costs of repetitive elections. The issues remain the same too with cosmetic changes. Of course, the roles interchange – the victors become the vanquished and vice versa!

Reinvent basics

Do we get the ablest to lead us? In poorer countries especially the answer is an emphatic no. The best are busy making money for themselves. Only those who have little conscience are able to take the hustle and bustle, hurly- burly, of political life. Many are put off by the inner workings and lack of integrity. Politics is hardly an option for those with a conscience in nascent democracies. It is a cesspool and those entering the arena treated with suspicion and, sometimes, derision with ulterior motives imputed. So how to change the perception and bring in those who can make a real difference?

Stick to the agenda of elections: The burning issues of the day are brought out to the open. Issues are debated openly. Then elections are decided amid euphoria and hope of a new dawn. But the anti-climax follows soon as issues both old and new are raked up with elected leaders busy putting out the fire! Then what use the costly periodical exercise?

Persons of integrity: How to attract them? In poor countries the sad fact is the best are afraid to tread the political waters. They are so murky with those who have cut their teeth waiting like crocodiles to make mincemeat of new entrants. Can we find a way out of this vicious cycle? Now the general public is aware but still they are imprisoned by past divisions, fears. It is for them to make their views clear that they had enough of present way of politicking.

Rule of law: Democracy and freedom without rule of law is anarchy that we find in many nascent countries. Some are above law while few find themselves below as it is too expensive to seek justice! Justice delayed is justice denied and that is the rule in many countries; then also its selective enforcement. That makes the public cynical about the whole state of affairs.

Maintain basic courtesy: We all know what it means but are politics above it? Why should the public compromise with lies and untruths holding sway? There are many inspirational among us – we should find them by creating a higher niche area for their abilities and ultimately we will have enough of them.

People should expect and demand results: Like the boss says after a good laugh – get back to work – the harsh reality we face in working life, we need to tell our politicians – we need results after some fireworks from them! They cannot indulge in side-tracking issues forever. The majority poor should demand results as their common denominator to have a better and more meaningful life.

The Way Ahead

There is a sense of purposelessness in the present state of affairs. We get side-tracked often. A simple issue is blown out of proportion and the whole world gets involved with the goings on. Though some highlight the wrongs like spying across borders there are more important issues of life and death that can be tackled only by cooperative action – both within and across countries. Towards that end we need to attract the best minds to take up the mantle of leadership. We need to identify core issues that should be above petty politics. Otherwise democracy and freedom will have little meaning and end up as a distraction that we have to put up with. Ultimately, we have to face life all alone despite the rising population – we come alone, leave alone. How we react to issues, make our world a more habitable place, decide whether our time here has been worth pondering. Only a united effort will leave a lasting impression – we breathe the same air, the rich and the poor, those born now and soon dying! Make the journey worth the while – our bounden duty.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you Mark for the moderation - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
20th Jul 2013 (#)

so very true what you write here siva...thank you

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks Carolina for your support as always - appreciated - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
20th Jul 2013 (#)

Very thought provoking dear Siva ,but we live in a world where one person may seem right to some but wrong for others , and so the story goes on . We are exhorted to pray for our leaders that they may be able to lead with integrity , or we have to accept what we get . I know I wouldn't want their job , no matter how much money they get paid or not .
God bless you my friend
Stella ><.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks Stella. My post is more relevant to nascent democracies where the political field is held captive through dynastic rule. They know the ropes and the wheels within wheels that keep many well meaning and capable people outside the sphere of influence that matters. The whole system is slanted towards few who have little conscience. But western democracies are still able to attract fresh blood - siva

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author avatar Grumpybear
20th Jul 2013 (#)

Personally I think many ruthless men and women have scared away the more personable people who would lead to a better and more efficient world. We need more men like Nelson Mandela, who through non violence and long suffering came to be known as a man of integrity in doing for the people who need him. I thought Obama was like him but we have so many government officials that mess the leaders over it will take someone who refuses to play hardball with them. But then they will probably be stopped from helping the people by those same government officials that screw up the chances of getting good leaders to even help. The ones that truly want to help the little man and woman refuse to be mauled by politicians. A sad fact but one we must face.:)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2013 (#)

Appreciate your input Grumpybear. I have seen many highly capable people ensconced in their life but willing to contribute to society. But they are put off by the standards of present day politicians and the system in general especially in nascent democracies. The whole set-up is not conducive to those willing to step in. It is a chicken and egg situation - we need the good to come in but they will not walk into a trap with everyone taking aim at them! The majority poor should demand results based on agenda the elections were decided upon and should not allow other issues raked in to cloud the basic issues - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
20th Jul 2013 (#)

Excellent post, but there are so many imponderables. Hitler was voted to power by the people but became a dictator.. Musharaff overthrew an elected government and he himself got overthrown and now faces treason charges. Democracy can be manipulated. That's a fact. What is good and how . to choose a leader? Look at India , a democracy but a elite helped by teh mafia holds on to power. There are really no clear cut answers

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks Madan. I feel some are still more equal than others due to their hold on politicians whoever is elected to power. They are the entrenched elite and more pronounced in poor countries. They always get their way! Pakistan is a country where the army has a country and not the other way. I understand their army, including ISI, tell their elected leaders what to do and not do! So Musharaff will have their backing anyway. The only way is for the majority to demand results like it has started happening in India too. Let the drops become a tidal wave to bring the change for the better. The poor have waited enough - siva

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author avatar Souvik
20th Jul 2013 (#)

Dear Sivaji,
Very interesting article. There is no one right answer. Unless the voters are aware, wrong persons will be in big seats.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks Souvikji. As the voters become more ware through modern technology change will happen sooner than during earlier times - siva

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author avatar vpaulose
20th Jul 2013 (#)

Yes, dear brother Siva. Leaders are busy in making money.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you dear VP. It is time we broke this vicious cycle and made democracy and freedom truly meaningful for all. We need to do some real cleaning up but, of course, with peaceful means by attracting those who mean well and in the majority everywhere - siva

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author avatar Shirley Shuler
20th Jul 2013 (#)

Excellent post Siva, and I do agree with vpaulose

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks Shirley. Appreciate your visit and support - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
20th Jul 2013 (#)

Very interesting and thought provoking as usual, Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks for your enduring support, Connie - appreciated - siva

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author avatar Trillionaire
21st Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you Trillionaire for your visit - siva

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author avatar madugundurukmini
21st Jul 2013 (#)

great leaders are there in our country.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jul 2013 (#)

Great leaders should help countries to unite and proper. Now many mind their own business though they would like to chip in. Thanks Rukmini - siva

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author avatar wonder
21st Jul 2013 (#)

We are wearing only a facade of democracy perhaps. The essence of politics with good leaders died long ago.Now it is about staying put on the chair, detracting from core issues. then there are a horde of other people around the leaders, who wont let him/her do what is necessary, for they too have their stake.As we evolve technologically,we should evolve in this context, that you wrote about so meticulously, in tandem

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jul 2013 (#)

Yes Wonder we need to create the awareness and persevere. Then only those with a conscience will do the right thing. In fact, one of our fellow contributors wrote to me in private that we have to take this message to the next level. We all need to fight for what is right, justice, than accept the present reality is a forgone conclusion. We are in no way helpless. Technology will help us to highlight the wrongdoings and whistle-blowing should be encouraged as a last resort - siva

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author avatar Carol
21st Jul 2013 (#)

A very wise post as usual, you have such knowledge of these things, it's a very interesting writ, thank you

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you Carol for your encouragement - siva

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author avatar Lynne
22nd Jul 2013 (#)

Interesting, and fine points here. I'm not much for politics, but I do know that I want a leader who is just and cares about the people. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you Lynne. We need leaders who can feel the pulse of the common citizens - siva

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author avatar Ritsika
22nd Jul 2013 (#)

Very timely write-up... I fully agree that in present day international/national affairs it petty issues blown out of proportion while leaving more serious issues out...Politics has become so associated with corruption and all vices that no no person with a sense of integrity will ever dread to enter here..That's why this political career has become a domain for people who further pollutes it. and the sufferer is the common man. We should rise our fear and doubts and lead the way thus keeping the field of politics from turning into a haven of unscrupulous elements..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks Ritsika. In many poor countries politics is akin to rogues gallery - even those who are convicted of crimes stand and even win elections! The majority good are afraid to even tread the waters for fear of getting polluted! It is time now for the young to step in than expect others to clear the muck for them. Now all are in a blame game mode lamenting the state of affairs. The awareness is patent and the earnestness too but we are still entrapped in the past - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

Siva politics and power often obscure and above rather than of the people..."we need to attract the best minds to take up the mantle"...yes indeed siva now more than ever...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you Delicia. Poor countries are still trying to come to grips with democracy and freedom. The majority is still under the thump of a small minority whoever is in power. Sadly, the system is not able to attract those who have good intentions - siva

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author avatar madugundurukmini
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

way ahead picture is nice

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks Rukmini - siva

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author avatar Terry Trainor
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Great post as usual my wise friend.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Jul 2013 (#)

So happy to see you again; not a day passed without thinking of you when I logged in, Terry - siva

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author avatar Terry Trainor
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Siva, you are such a kind man, thank you my dear friend.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks again Terry. We all think of each other but know at the back of our minds that we need to take a break to recharge our batteries. It is, after all, more a passion to share and care than for monetary rewards - siva

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author avatar LOVERME
24th Jul 2013 (#)

i see how the world follows u and for me tis just...
lovely emotional poetric volition

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Jul 2013 (#)

You are a lone star Loverme here at Wikinut but with many followers - siva

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author avatar LOVERME
27th Jul 2013 (#)



you are that leader
the world would like to choose
and
woo you all must democracy or dictator ship
anyone may choose

I am just a lone star
in the misery of time
where bells rarely
for a kind like me rhyme

but as you encourage the emotion in me
I‘ll still continue to compose poetry
till My Lord Shiva
you promise to read me

God’s blessings for Wiki
who give an opportunity
to folks like you and me.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Jul 2013 (#)

Loverme, you are indeed a lone star and happy to shine ever so bright in the firmament! I will read and encourage all - stars or not. We do our part and let others, theirs. We come to share not to accumulate wealth and hoard it under the pillows. Sharing what we have learned benefits all including us but, sadly, many are afraid and oblivious of this simple fact of life! siva

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author avatar Carol
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Great, wise, and very powerful write, many thanks Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks Carol for such encouraging words and the revisit - siva

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author avatar Retired
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Wish we ha more leaders who think as you do, Sivaji. Namaste Aum Shanti.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you Rama-ji - so happy to have your presence here again. Let us learn how to avoid past mistakes and learn from them for an enticing future that beckons. We need to step out of cynicism. The awareness is increasing - another positive aspect of technology. Namaste and Aum Shanti - siva

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author avatar Subra
25th Jul 2013 (#)

True dear Siva, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Politicians generally have a bad reputation because the power of the office has corrupted them in some way. Hence they are generally viewed as corrupt and unethical. They make so many promises about what they're going to do for their country, yet never fulfill them. Historically, there have been numerous examples of dirty politics practiced by equally dirty politicians.

Most governments today are run by mostly selfish, greedy, hypocritical individuals. And of all the professions in the world, these are the ones who actually RUN the world itself? These people have no ethical philosophy in their job. A leader of the people is supposed to BENEFIT the people… not benefit FROM them. It’s been this practice since the time of antiquity. It’s a job you are supposed to do for your country and for your people. Yes, you have money. Yes, you are well known. Yes, you have power. But do you care?

So long as self-interest, greed, lack of integrity, taking short cuts to material wealth and poor ethical values exist, dirty and corrupt politicians will abound. Frankly I don’t know how we are going to eradicate such crooks Siva!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks dear Subra for your insightful words. The awareness has increased through modern technology so hopefully some worth their salt will step in than sit on the sidelines and bemoan the state of affairs. It is time the younger generation took the initiative than expect the gerontocracy to hang on to the levers of power. We need to forget the pains of the past than keep them festering forever. The majority poor has to be pulled up by their bootstraps and they need help from those capable and wealthy. We need inclusive society and those who stand in the way should be encouraged not to spoil the broth! What unites us is much more than what divides us - siva

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author avatar jfontz
26th Jul 2013 (#)

nice article sir

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you ifontz for the appreciation - siva

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author avatar Subra
26th Jul 2013 (#)

What you say is fine dear Siva, but in most cases the younger generation and the poor are trapped by the corrupt politicians, despite the presence of modern technology. Not only that, the present younger, bright and educated youths are more driven by self-interest and see no point in wasting their time trying to reform the politicians!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks again dear Subra - they need to understand it is their future; if they are not up to it - just grin and bear it! No one else can step in when they sit back for others to clean up the mess for them or even after them! No one, in fact, should be above or below politics if it means democracy and freedom - siva

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author avatar Anurag Awasthi
6th Aug 2013 (#)

What a well written article. I'm more than impressed, Sir.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Aug 2013 (#)

Thank you Anurag. We need a change for the better and may the young step forward and spread a breath of fresh air - siva

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author avatar Tranquilpen
14th Aug 2013 (#)

Hello Siva, this is a very informative article, and I certainly share your sentiments especially here where you write:"They are more like administrators anxious to complete their term in office taking care not to upset their apple cart!"

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Aug 2013 (#)

Thank you, Tranquilpen. We have no leaders to take us to greater heights or rather to unite us to live in peace. Some are out to stoke the fires to divide us - siva

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author avatar Retired
17th Aug 2013 (#)

Very well writen and interesting article siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Aug 2013 (#)

Thank you Maryam for your support and kind words - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
3rd Jan 2014 (#)

Very wise thoughts. The best people seem to avoid politics like the plague. Once in a while a brave soul steps forward.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Kingwell. The best people are afraid to tread the cesspool of politics in many third world countries. George Bernard Shaw's words - Politics is the last resort for the scoundrels - ring true for them! siva

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