Personally, last five years have been the most miserable time in my life. So has been the case with many businessmen in Kerala.
I consider the failure of UDF in Kerala is a typical case study for Leadership Failure. What all can go wrong in Leadership have been demonstrated by Mr. Oommen Chandy, the Chief Minster (or rather ex-CM).
‘Leadership is not standing for a popularity contest.’
However the Chief Minister (now ex-CM) Mr. Oommen Chandy forgot this. He had to please many people and political leaders and in the process failed to do the right things.
‘If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for everything,’
Mr. Chandy failed to take important decisions at crucial junctures. There were many occasions when the people of Kerala expected him to stand for the right things; but he failed; may be because of his personal obligations and commitments to some people.
‘If you don’t have a plan, you will fit into someoneelse’s plan’
From the date Mr. Chandy came into power, he was going as per the plans of some other people. This happens because the leader himself doesn’t have a vision. As Bible says, “If there is no Vision, People Perish.’
While there have been few opinion leaders who were appreciative about the administrative capabilities of Mr. Chandy, he could never escape from the darts being thrown on his character. His transparency, honesty and integrity were always been questioned and many doubts and questions remained unanswered.