Dearth of Leadership

In search of a Leader

A statesman is usually a politician or other notable figure of state who has had a long and respected career in politics at the national and international level. When politicians retire, they are often referred to as elder statesmen. This may be true for many countries around the world but this happens rather rarely in our country.

Statesmanship also conveys a quality of leadership that organically brings people together and of eldership, a spirit of caring for others and for the whole.
The words statesman or stateswoman are applied loosely to any head of state, any senior political figure, or anyone who in a given moment exhibits a certain quality of “statesmanship.”
The traits that a true leader should possess have been debated over the time, and most people agree that these are the five key traits i.e. Vision, Passion, Decision making, Team builder and Character. You must have a vision. We’ve all heard the saying “You must stand for something, or you’ll fall for everything.” But what does that really mean? Standing firm when it comes to your company’s policies and procedures is all well and good, but it doesn’t speak to having a vision. As a leader, you have to learn to communicate your vision to the people whom you want to follow you. You must have passion, you have to show your team that you want to accomplish the goal as badly as they do, and your passion will drive them. You must learn to be a great decision maker. Sometimes, leaders must face times of pressure where they are forced to make quick decisions; a great leader must have this skill. You must be a team builder. To become a great leader, you must first make your team great, you must have the power to give your team responsibilities, and trust them too, and you must slowly make them greater and greater. You must have character. Without character, all the other “keys” are for naught. That’s because your innate character strengths and limitations play a critical role in your leadership style. The real question is, are you aware of just what role they play? All great leaders have taken steps to learn about their individual personality and what part it plays in their leadership style.
Here in Pakistan we do not have leaders who possess all the five key traits, there is always something missing in them. The cruel part of the story is that we just have a few of them, countable really. Even with the very little knowledge I do not see a person whom we can say is a statesman. We need a President who for once should have the vision, passion, decision making skill, is a team builder and above all should have character. There is just one mission our politicians have and it is to get in to the power and stay in power as long as possible by hook or by crook. What if they do not have the character, vision or decision making skill as long as they are ruling nothing else but their being in supremacy matters the most.
Pakistan is facing difficult times once again as a result of War on Terror, security concerns, inflation and political turmoil. Whom should we blame for the situation we are facing these days? Should we hold responsible Establishment, Bureaucracy, Army, Politicians or America? It is easy to put the responsibility on any of them but for once we need to realize that what ails our country is nothing but a lack of committed leadership and Jagirdari, Waderaism. In more than 60 years of Pakistanā€™s existence we just had once statesman Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of the nation, after him we either had military dictators or feudal lords but no leadership. How regrettable it is that we have not been able to produce or nurture a leader in six decades.
When a political leader will climb the ladder as result of peopleā€™s mandate only then our problems will be solved and Pakistan will prosper to the abilities of its people. But what we see around us is that our so called leaders come forward after getting a ā€œblessingā€ (Asheerbaad) from Washington DC or Army and almost of all them comes from feudal families. After coming on to the scene they seek the consent of the people but not before decisions have already been made. So how can people coming from such channel serve our problems when they never faced or witnessed them? To understand a certain problem you have to get to the bottom of it but they hardly make an effort, at least it seems this way.
For all these years we just have a few families ruling the country one after the other but no one has really come forward with middle class upbringing and from the general public. If people can chose they can also make someone a leader but unless a chance is given nothing can happen. They have to surpass the hurdles of establishment, army, police and America and if they cannot do so they simply fail. It is really sad that Benazir Bhutto, who was brutally assassinated in December 2007, made a return to the Greenland after getting permission from Washington and Nawaz Sharif came back after intervention from Saudi Arabia. They do have the support of the people but why they were required to look towards the opposite direction? Instead of mobilizing people they reaffirmed that they are not the leaders.
Since 1988 we just have two parties who have ruled and its Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League (N) with other small parties joining them. Other than PPP and PML (N) we have PML (Q), JUI (F), JI, ANP, MQM, PTI and horde of others. The one common factor about them is that all of these parties are just one man show and they have no credible successor to them down the line. PPP do not have any one who can fill the vacuum created by the death of Benazir Bhutto, PML (N) is nothing without Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif, JUI (F) is nothing without Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Qazi Hussain Ahmed is the identity of JI, MQM do not have any other leader as a replacement of Altaf Hussain; so far and so forth.
So the fact of the matter is that all the creams of the crop have failed to build a team and a successor of the party. The reality is that they do not want to share power and instead want to remain in the limelight without considering that what will happen to the party after them and what will be consequences of their acts on the nation at large. We have already suffered a lot due to the lack of leadership but it is just about time, though it is already too late, that we as Pakistanis, instead of looking out for a messiah who can understand our issues and resolve them, come forward and be messiah for yourselves and for our beloved homeland. We certainly lack leadership but possess determination, will, hope and the passion to groom a leader who will be visionary, sincere, committed and dedicated in times to come.

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