The Leader Pakistan Yearns For

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The Leader Pakistan Yearns For

Traits of a leader who can make Pakistan prosperous & peaceful

Waqar-ul-Hassan

Despite having a rich history and culture, and being blessed with limitless precious natural resources, Pakistan is caught in the vortex of multiple crises: the economy is shrinking and regressing in real terms; our human resource indices are dismal; a large percentage of our schoolgoing children are out of school; on health we spend meagerly and what is allocated is frittered or pilfered; political discourse has become increasingly divisive and intolerant and the trust deficit between people and state institutions has reached new lows; threat of terrorism is getting worse; and there are major geopolitical shifts, with China and the US competing for influence and resources, putting Pakistan in a difficult position.
Coming out of this quagmire of problems is not an easy task which becomes even more formidable when we find that Pakistan faces a crisis of political leadership as most of our politicians have proved to be just managers as they formulated short-sighted and myopic policies that have brought Pakistan on the verge of collapse. Pakistan needs leaders, not managers. Managers administer, but leadership requires wisdom, understanding, forbearance and accountability. The future of Pakistan depends on its leadership. If the country can find a leader with the right qualities, it can achieve prosperity and peace. However, if it does not, it will continue to face many challenges. The next Prime Minister of Pakistan will have a huge responsibility. He will need to unite the country, address its challenges and chart a course for the future. If he is successful, he will be remembered as one of the greatest leaders in the history of Pakistan.
In this situation, every sane person would raise a question as to what could be the traits of a leader who can make Pakistan prosperous and peaceful.
There are many different opinions on this question, but some of the most important qualities include:
1. Vision
A leader needs to have a clear vision for the future of Pakistan. He needs to be able to articulate a plan for how to improve the lives of the Pakistani people and make the country a more prosperous and peaceful place. This vision should be based on a deep understanding of Pakistan’s history, culture and economic potential.
2. Courage
A leader needs to be courageous. He needs to be willing to stand up for what he believes in, even in the face of opposition. He also needs to be willing to take risks with particular reference to bringing in reforms in major areas in order to achieve his goals. This courage should be tempered by wisdom and pragmatism.
3. Integrity
A leader needs to have integrity. He needs to be honest and trustworthy. He also needs to be fair and just in his dealings with others. This integrity should be evident in his personal and professional life.
4. Compassion
A leader needs to have compassion. He needs to care about the people he is leading and want to improve their lives. He also needs to be able to understand and empathize with the challenges that people face. This compassion, particularly for the badly suppressed poor and middle class population, should be genuine and heartfelt.
5. Resilience
A leader needs to be resilient. He needs to be able to bounce back from setbacks and keep moving forward. He also needs to be able to handle stress and pressure. This resilience should be built on a foundation of strength and determination.
6. Knowledge
A leader needs to be knowledgeable about the country’s history, culture and economy. He also needs to be able to understand the geopolitical landscape and the challenges that Pakistan faces. This knowledge should be used to make informed decisions and to develop effective policies.
7. Communication
A leader needs to be able to communicate effectively. He needs to be able to articulate their vision for the future and to build consensus among different groups. They also need to be able to communicate effectively with the international community.
8. Decision-making
A leader needs to be able to make difficult decisions. He needs to be able to weigh the pros and cons of different options and to make the best decision for the country. This decision-making ability should be based on sound judgment and a deep understanding of the issues.
9. Leadership
A leader needs to be able to inspire and motivate others. He needs to be able to build a team of capable and dedicated individuals. He also needs to be able to delegate responsibility and to create a culture of accountability.
10. A binding force
In addition to these qualities, a leader who can make Pakistan prosperous and peaceful also needs to be able to build consensus and work with others to achieve their goals. This knowledge and ability should be used to create a more united and prosperous Pakistan.
Conclusion
The traits of a leader who can make Pakistan prosperous and peaceful are many and varied. However, the most important qualities include vision, courage, integrity, compassion, resilience, knowledge, communication, decision-making and leadership. A leader with these qualities can unite the country, address its challenges, and chart a course for the future. In addition to the qualities mentioned above, a leader who can make Pakistan prosperous and peaceful also needs to be humble, diplomatic, selfless and must possess a world view. He needs to be willing to put the needs of the country before his own. He also needs to be willing to listen to the advice of others and to learn from his mistakes.

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