A Question of Statesmanship, Not Leadership

OPINION

Beyond set, standard and stereotype leadership, we wish charismatic statesmanship for priorities of simplicity and austerity, self-reliance and self-sufficiency and an olive branch for national reconciliation: a matchless magnetic and inventive statesmanship, an exemplary selfless and altruistic statesmanship, an unequaled statesmanship of managerial acumen, conflict, time and priorities management and an unrivaled statesmanship of noble resolve towards a brighter Pakistan.

 

When men at the helm of affairs talk of austerity drive and self-reliance along with endeavors in extending an olive branch to and taking on board opposition parties in the larger national interest of the country, it reflects of positive thinking in national affairs in principle indeed. As such, let us wish our aspiring leaders all the best to work on this valued principle of national illumination towards a brighter Pakistan.

While austerity and simplicity plus self-reliance and self-sufficiency plus leadership consensus on national priorities remain an ideal formula towards a dream-come-true reality of an enlightened Pakistan, each of this success formula point has to be closely and realistically examined and concerned impediments and challenges need to be identified and rectified in pertinent problem-solving and decision-making.

First: simplicity and austerity drive. Honestly we at the top are so accustomed to and acclimatized with pompous facilities and lavish benefits as obstinate state of mind and die-hard habit. Leading from the front and setting examples in austerity do matter with directives. But what awesomely counts is how unparalleled and statesmanlike skill and acumen naturally and logically impact and convince in this regard.

Secondly: self-reliance and self-sufficiency is a noble national cause. But let us fairly ponder how to credibly and skillfully break the ice when blind dependence is deep rooted from childhood as school kids bank on private tutors to pass, when capable nephews and nieces look upon influential uncles for jobs and when leaders cannot  think beyond World Bank, IMF,  USAID, CIDA and alike for socio-economic development!

Thirdly: leadership consensus on national priorities amid mutual trust is an unanswered question for the House calling rising over and above self, shunning ego or vanity and needs charismatic statesmanship rather than mere leadership to change mindsets of chicken-heartedness, narrow-mindedness and short-sightedness into ones of lion-heartedness, broad-mindedness and far-sightedness all for Pakistan.

Exemplifying earnestly are such institutions like IoBM as a humble model of peaceful co-existence of diverse viewpoints and accepting mixed schools of thought with mutual respect, grace, dignity and honor with shared cheers, tolerance, sympathy and fellow feeling all quietly towards personal, institutional and national excellence.

Beyond set, standard and stereotype leadership, we wish charismatic statesmanship for priorities of simplicity and austerity, self-reliance and self-sufficiency and an olive branch for national reconciliation: a matchless magnetic and inventive statesmanship, an exemplary selfless and altruistic statesmanship, an unequaled statesmanship of managerial acumen, conflict, time and priorities management   and an unrivaled statesmanship of noble and gentle resolve towards a brighter Pakistan.

Parvez Jamil is HoD and Senior Faculty Public Affairs, CBM, IoBM, Karachi. parvez@iobm,edu,pk