“Portrait of a leader” (article published in Eleftheros Typos 13.11.2014)
“Portrait of a leader”
What can possibly be the future of a country that in the past six years has been drowned in a deep economic al, ethical and cultural crisis, with the last two of them to strive with enormous effort to surface? The indication that this question refers to Greece is obvious. As unpleasant is for someone to verify and judge, so hard bearing is to find solutions for the country’s continuous progress to normality. Every politician and in particular every political leader is being judged by his/hers daily decisions. And his/hers maturity will be tested in a few months from today, when today’s parliament will be called upon electing the new President of Democracy. From the election result will become apparent whether Greece will enter or not in dangerous adventures. Many will rush to find in these words a form of blackmail. So let’s see if this is the case. When the EU officially, as do the International Institutions, declares an improvement in the Greek economy, (however small that may be), when we speak of development growth both in the current year and next all the way to 2016, when we prove the already on the way of certain reforms, how could a presidential election disrupt this continuing betterment? Common sense implies that any disruption of today’s stability can lead to unexpected adventures for the country. Still the official parliamentary opposition screams for new elections. How are we to sketch the portrait of a responsible political leader today, that he would contribute in continuing the smooth transition in his country? Beyond the understanding of the crisis at hand, that leader will have to lead, take into consideration the opinion, feeling and even bad mood of citizens but also he must be resilient to cave in to protests and complains to serious decisions as to make him popular. Those types of politicians are easily transformed from old ideologists, as is the case of ex KGB in Russia, to cynical oligarchists. Behind a fanatic ideology is hidden totalitarian materialism (with very few bright exceptions). A modern country with no leader, it can move forward as long as there are solid institutions, but even then there is the threat of slowly and steadily to fall in gradual decay and diminishing of values. The true leader takes decisions with courage and heart. Because of the courage can lend an orthological ear to citizens’ voices. Because of the heart can overcome feelings and become strong, so even when listens to naggings and doubts, will not be trapped in the need to be immediately popular. Courage supports the beliefs and vision for the future. Heart assists in taking risks. The citizens require from their leader to stand up to controversies to invest his being into decisions, to break down obstacles, even by dangerously exposing himself. This is the essence of politics. Our country desperately needs reforms. To continue her way to the future uninterrupted. Whoever politician does not comprehend that shows immaturity. And most importantly does not possess the qualities of areal leader.