Arvind Kejriwal established a new political party; gathered associates; generated resources; organised a pool of implementers; contested state elections; strategised course of actions; performed remarkably; and hit the Headlines. He seemed to tread along the yellow brick road in a very short time. He has now been invited to form the Government. And with this he finds himself in a new role – the role of a LEADER guiding the destiny of the people of Delhi – a role for which he has no experience; a role for which he was unprepared initially; and a role for which he lacks the natural authority. Is he the square peg in a round hole OR a talisman to be regarded with irrational reverence ? Time shall deliver the verdict. ( Hillary Clinton during the primaries in the Presidential Election of 20o9 said of Obama, ” This man has no experience and would be a disaster.” But she not only was proved wrong, but shouldered a key responsibility in Obama’s Government.).
Anything and everything may cross the minds of anyone and everyone and Kejriwal needs to have his head firmly on his shoulders – head screwed on the right way too – and focus on Governance earnestly. Reports mention that he declined the Government bungalow; personal security; red beacon car; and will travel only by metro rail etc. etc. He should be well aware that only ABUSE and not the USE of these associated privileges will paint anyone with a Kensington stamp. Further, the privileges are a mark of respect and dignity to the position enjoyed (nationally, internationally, or even universally) and shirking these privileges will alone not make any individual pure and sacrosanct in the eyes of the general public. On the contrary it raises a debate as to whether such acts are chastely OR mere trumpery. If it is just his wish, well, I wouldn’t like to argue the toss.
Kejriwal and his team has to knuckle down to the tasks on hand from now. ‘Dies festi’ time is over. Here, I cite a few points from my experience in the field of management for consideration :
1. First find a role model for self. Do not try to reinvent the wheel. Also, find and pool people who will be willing to share useful practices. 2. Clean your thinking spot thoroughly. Create a list on every Sunday night that will cover the upcoming week’s goals or tasks. This will keep you update on responsibilities and be aware of your mission. Move incomplete tasks of the week to the top of the next week’s list which will guarantee that the task will be finished. If this becomes regular you will need either to reduce your workload or engage more people. 3. Always think as a LEADER.. Coach your team. Engage people and try to get results through them. 4. Make decisions issue by issue/case by case without being tendentious or succumbing to pressure. 5. In government appointments always look for and hire promising talents and invest in training. Removal of discontent is a strong benefit. 6. Give strong and meaningful role with specific responsibilities and accountability in all programs for people at different levels at each step. 7. It is very important not to work at breakneck pace. Give people necessary breaks. Make programs practical and challenging. Build trust. Increase productivity and make the Government SMART. 8. Focus strongly on Logistics and Supply Chain in Food & Health Sectors improvements, specially, and empower front line foot soldiers. 9. Create a Motivation Station for employees ( short films, movies motivate well). Pool a collection of such movies. If employees have even an hour to spare before a quick boost this will be the perfect solution.
The ideas are not meant to be exhaustive but have proven value.
This is how Kejriwal can achieve the distinction of becoming the “Common Man’s CM” as he himself desires his actions to depict.
Note that Abe Lincoln ( 16th President of U.S.A. )was called by Frederick Douglas emphatically the “Black Man’s President” for abolishing slavery in the sense of detraction. Nevertheless it stands as a remarkable accomplishment of Lincoln and he is among one of the Five greatest Presidents that U.S.A. had in its history.
Remember people have not voted Kejriwal to power to fail. To govern is to lead. Everything a leader says or does will be scrutinised and judged with double standards. No act of crime in any manner should shake the resolve of the people. That is the litmus test to pass.
Also Remember Ronald Reagan’s ( 40th President of U.S.A. ) words : ” I am from the Government. I am here to help.”
“Dieu avec nous”
December 27, 2013 – 6.15 p.m. (IST)
Tidbit : ” If your actions inspire others to dream more; do more; learn more; and become more, you are a LEADER.” – John Quincy Adams, 6th President of U.S.A.