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Sai Rajeshwari Gourishetty

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Are we too harsh on our politicians or leaders?

We expect cent percent righteous behavior of our politicians, every unsuccessful action of theirs in highlighted and if any decision of theirs backfires, we do not expect or encourage them to make it right. With elections nearing, they are left with justifying their wrongdoings (since accepting their mistakes wont help them get votes).
Can we encourage a model where leaders who have failed in some decisions or policies (which they have not done intentionally, and can be repaired) get a chance, can we change our outlook and not forget their bigger and very helpful contributions?


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    Dec 9 2013: It is useful to ask about the conditions in which leaders are respected and in which people are understanding about errors and those in which leaders are not respected and errors magnified. For example, members of teams tend to respect the coach even when the team loses. But not everyone with a stake in the team's outcomes does.

    The members of the team can see first hand how the coach had tried to deal with problems and the multiple factors or forces that need to line up for the best outcome.

    In many situations people on the sidelines may have an oversimplified view of the challenges involved in solving the problems at hand, including the predictability of the outcomes of different courses of action.
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      Dec 9 2013: Fritzie, now we are beginning to introspect; getting clarity on the conditions you talk of could prove helpful. The analogy you mentioned simplifies your perspective; Apart from gauging through people's expectations of leaders and their understanding of acceptable errors, I think there is a need of configuring people's expectations itself, a difficult task but very much needed.
      At least, here in India, some very good leaders are helpless in accepting/repairing their mistakes because they are heavily magnified in public which influences elections big time. At such, these leaders are susceptible to justifying their act rather than confessing.
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        Dec 9 2013: Politicians are often supported or rejected by particular voters for a view they have and then their supporters balk if they express a change of mind.. Those who dislike them continue to do so because they don't trust the person not to have "changed" his professed view for inauthentic reasons.
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          Dec 10 2013: Yeah, an action of change and accountability should be shown by a politician, but a change in people's mindset to accept this should also be encouraged.

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