Helicopter Political Leadership We have to do it together, and do it well with commitment if it is going to work. The political leader cannot claim the benefits if you were not really committed. Although politically leadership is supposed to be about using power and position to connect with people and improve upon their economic conditions, sometimes political leadership in some developing countries seems to be about grand standing by hovering over the people like a helicopter. The kind of helicopter leadership I am talking about is a little bit different from that seen with helicopter parents where parents hover over their kids, sometimes in their schools or on the playground to so to speak rescue them from any trouble. These parents are micro-managers. They want to micro manage their kids, literally overseeing whatever the kids do. In general therefore, helicopter leadership (or parenting) is based on excessively taking care of others, appearing ready to rescue them, and generally hustling around to look overly helpful. Many leaders resort to the helicopter style because they hope that the people will be grateful for this posturing and therefore become loyal to them. It appears that some helicopter leaders hope that if they do enough for people, they will become dependent and accept to be on their political leash. As it has happened in many places excessive helicopter leadership can result in a hostile dependency where the people receiving the help end up feeling angry at themselves for needing the help and then often become resentful of the leader for not even "giving me enough." Political leaders will do well to avoid getting sucked into helicopter leadership because it can happen unwittingly, and it's sad results occur insidiously. When you hear people saying "he betrayed me" it is often a result of a helicopter relationship where the helicopter has crashed and its pilot is no longer that important. For an enduring relationship, the political leader should be committed and from the start strive to use a dimension that involves motivation and practical solutions that make people economically viable today and tomorrow. Our hidden economics for you.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2015 @ 02:22:02 AM