Pakistan just needs one ‘real’ political leader to climb steeply into the lead country bracket, and I say this backed by supporting facts.
This is the list of qualities the real Political leader of Pakistan needs to have:-
Voracious Reader; To steer clear of landmines, have a clear vision and solve intractable problems. Mao Zedong was a librarian and a voracious reader, so was Zulfi Bhutto.
Warren Buffet said the secret of success is ‘500 pages every day’.
The burning ambition to achieve greatness and the passion to pursue it every living moment. Alexander the Great was programmed by his mother to think he was the son of God King Zeus and had to reach the end of Earth— that’s exactly what he did. Who would want to wonder in Afghanistan during BC times, unless he thought it is all in his destiny.
Perfect oratory and communication is a prerequisite to greatness. Oratory is knowing what’s in the deepest recesses of people’s soul and talking to them like it’s the sound of their soul. When Tayyib Erdogan spell-bounds his massive crowds every week he means what he says and people acknowledge. Putin talks with crowds twice every day. Mr. Trump tweets directly every night.
A great political leader would be very sure who they are as a person, the capability to keep their core self-intact in political storms.
Machiavellianism in securing the prosperity, freedom, and safety of their people by any means necessary. Honesty, compassion, empathy, has no place in Realpolitik. Greed, lies, and cheating for a lack of a better word is ‘Good’, if performed with skill and there are institutions to check unbridled dishonesty.
A little bit of narcissism and ambition is alright as long it doesn’t cross over into sociopath. If Imran Khan exhibits narcissism, that’s because he firmly believes he is special.
Angela Merkel may be a narcissist; ‘You could certainly say that I’ve never underestimated myself. There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious’ but Adolf Hitler is sociopathic “I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few.” And “Hate is more lasting than dislike.”
Charisma is gathering your flock for a huddle. No one can be a leader if you have no followers.
‘He understood strengths of different people’ Dr. Joseph Goebbels on Hitler
Inspiring to all: “While the Romans waited for the German Warlord Ariovistus, the legionaries mingled with the local Sequani (Gauls) and heard terrifying stories about the tall and fearsome Germanic warriors. Caesar was none too pleased by this, and called a meeting of the centurions and said Caesar would march at dawn, and if the legions wouldn’t join him he would just take his favorite, the 10th, because he knew at least they could be trusted
Naturally, the 10th was honored and the other legions were shamed, so before the sun came up, each legion was marching with their general.”
Daring & Lucky both: Caesar wasn’t the best general, but he was the luckiest.
Like his march with a few men to secure strategic points in Gaul and confronting Pompey’s army of almost 50,000 men with only 22,000 of his own. He was a high roller. The best leaders take chances and then work diligently to prove themselves right.
What separates a Great-leader from a good one is their ability to see the national greatness as their personal victory.
‘My greatest wealth is that Russia has elected me to lead them twice’ Vladimir Putin.
The masses have the knack of recognizing the real thing. This comes from their primal instincts to protect their own kind.
So, trust Pakistanis to choose the right leader, once they see one on the horizon.