“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born – that there is a genetic factor to leadership. Myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense. In fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” – WARREN G. BENNIS
By announcing a “partial mobilization” (read: military draft) of Russian citizens and reservists from age 18 to 60, Vladimir Putin, in effect, is increasing Russia’s manpower capability to launch a bigger war against Ukraine.
Putin unilaterally declared a “special military operations” when Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, wth the presumption that such would be over in a short period, probably in two or three weeks time.
To the surprise of every political leader and military observer around the globe, including those who thought the conflict would not affect their lives, the “SMO” has stretched to its eighth month and the invaders have regrettably found themselves being pushed back by the patriotic Ukrainian army.
Or this matter, thousands of irate Russians in major cities are protesting Putin’s executive order and many are exiting the country to flee to neighboring countries by whatever means.
State police in many parts of Russia are trying to quell a restive citizenry and already an indefinite number of protesters – mostly young adults – have been forcibly taken to jail.
Leaders of the European Union and the NATO member-countries look at the Putin action as a clear warning to a step-ladder escalation of the conflict until the Russian autocrat achieves his goal and saves his face.
There are not many extensive news reports emanating from within Moscow to determine what the internal situation really looks like except from videos aired in the social media by news organizations allowed to operate in Russia.
By the way – figure this out – did you know that FOURTEEN Russian oligarchs (billionaires) have died mysteriously in a somewhat James Bond-ish manner?
Political experts and analysts are in the dark. They are subtly connecting these mysterious and unsolved violent deaths (family members also died with a few of the victims) with the Putin leadership.
Expect Putin to employ more firepower to show his detractors (the EU, NATO and the US) he is not bluffing.
As a knee jerk reaction, officials in Germany, UK, France and other EU countries have announced military plans to prepare for war.
I am amused. Aren’t you?
I don’t know if Putin is a chess grandmaster who plays an exceptionally good game of chess.
At the rate he is making moves, it appears that the Russian autocrat is outplaying them all collectively.
The Russian SMO are only at the threshold of the middle game and Putin’s “enemies” are already frantic and a-frenzy searching for the right and the best “engine” move to make a counterplay.
The Russian ruler is mad because of the sanctions imposed against his country by the West.
Russians are economically choking and suffering.
There is restiveness and this could explode into a situation that might bring down Putin from his autocratic perch.
Putin hates this possibility.
His behavior seems to indicate that if he goes down, he will bring his enemies down with him, regardless of the consequences.
In the book “Leadership Under Fire,” the authors made a differentiation between “good and extraordinary leaders.’
The authors wrote: “Extraordinary leaders make a major difference, when compared with merely good leaders. They create even less turnover, motivate employees to perform at a much higher level and greatly enhance customer satisfaction.”
According to them, they found “conclusive evidence that leaders with poor leadership skills generate poor results.”
There you are.
As the Russian-Ukraine battle rages to its eighth month, how would you rate Vladimir Putin’s leadership skills?
In contrast, how would you also rate Ukraine Pres. Vlodymir Zelensky? (Email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.? GOD BLESS THE PHILIPPINES!