“New millennial institutions and organisations are shaped by technology ; So is the case with political parties and organisations.
New millennial institutions and organisations change the shareholders’ expectations ; So is the case with political and societal expectations.
New millennial institutions and organisations alter the way goals are achieved by CEOs ; So is the case in Politics and goals achievement by the leaders.”
Winning Elections today, specially since 2010, call for a new style of ‘Leadership’. Just as changing customer expectations in business necessitated a new style of process and mindset, Politics also witnesses a new process of satisfying people’s aspirations and desires.
Business is able to meet this challenge successfully through their leads on ‘socially conscious displays’ to preserving and growing their revenues. Politics needs to adapt and show the leads on technology to preserve and grow their vote share.
This is where the BJP succeeded in this (2019) election. “Going Digital” gave them access to a heavy load of information ; enhanced their efficiency to interpret the information ; and take proactive actions based on interpretations for the benefit of people in respect of all their ‘socially conscious programs’. It is the BJP’s data- driven approach and decision making in a substantive manner that lent the party a significant edge in this election. Its much touted strength in organisational capability and resources constituted the complementary associates.
Align this with the significant change in the age group structure of the voting population, the result multiplies in great proportions.
It is a “political disruption” induced and successfully implemented by the party that set it apart from others in the pack. In the process, they upset the perceptions of the ‘voter market’ and the ‘stock market’ favorably to their advantage.
New age voters are like ‘learning machines’ adept equally at interaction with new technologies as with human skills. BJP possibly sensed this early and rightfully ; BJP recognised the need for change ; and BJP prepared the people for this change and the new reality. This was their ‘competitive advantage’ .
This is how an election “sans a wave” has transformed itself into an election of “the greatest wave” in this millennium.
This is not just unprecented and unexpected but ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’.
It is not Rahul Gandhi’s failure for the Congress party but the failure caused by a serendipitous political disruption unparalleled in the history of Indian Elections.
Resignations by anyone at this stage will not constitute the right solution. The right solution is to retain the same leadership combination with a shift in focus to respond to the needs of the new reality.
What Congress needs is possibly a “Situational Leadership”.
Adaptability to the ground realities as a means to win the Trust of people ; staying focused, united, and organised effectively ; trying to build consensus through participation with similarly aligned groups and leaders ; and above all mobilising people toward a “vision” are paramount.
Here’s a Vision Statement for consideration : ” Restoring People’s Democracy”.
Here’s a honor code for consideration :. “Honest, True, Virtuous, Chaste, Benevolent behavior from all party functionaries”.
What Congress needs is not Rahul Gandhi’s resignation but support from every party soldier. Adversity is the test of courage and it is time to display that courage. This may well be a welcome turning point in Congress history. Neither the winner can fail to deliver their promises in the next 5 years nor the loser can fail to redintegrate and be counted.
“Dieu avec nous”
Saturday, May 25, 2019 – 11.59 a.m. (IST)