Ordinarily reporting to a new boss or leader would not pose a real problem but this time it feels different as management practices have changed. The true meaning of government has been transformed from one of true collaboration, honest dialogue and a commitment to problem solving to one where ferociousness, finger pointing and fear are the norms.
An incompetent administration by definition is an administration whose action destroys unity, instils gossip and innuendoes, encourages fear and deceitfulness, exudes tribalistic disposition, and prevents people from speaking freely. They usually lack vision and initiative, teamwork, accountability, expertise and confidence to resolve conflict.
Congratulations - they are the ones you have entrusted with setting the direction for Anguilla. While it may be true to a certain extent that an unintelligent animal as a Chief Minister is the leader of government’s business, he or she is not directly involved in the daily operations of the affairs of running the country. Those responsibilities also fall squarely on the shoulders of his or her ministerial team under the doctrine of “Joint Cabinet Responsibility”.
Therefore, it is also the lack of “collective leadership” of those other ministerial colleagues - their ineffectiveness on execution and inability to communicate, manage and motivate their teams. If a leader lacks the competency to manage his or her team, then team morale diminishes, productivity and performance drop, Anguilla derails and ultimately fails.
What’s worse is the fact that our system of governance has no “real remedy” to rid the country of every single under-performing minister of government – Civil Servants included. However, as unfortunately as that may seems, the reality is that in many cases, high-performing mid-level employees are first shown the door, while ineffective leaders and/or managers; the ones who really need to take a hike – remain.
Leaders must be fit-for-purpose; and if we as a people are not prudent enough to independently elect competent leadership going forward - then let it be done majestically - in essence, colonially eliminating this present level of embarrassment on Anguilla as a necessary evil.
The truth is that “incompetent leaders” have always existed and will continue to exist despite the best efforts from us to detect and shame them. The sad reality is most incompetent political leaders do not get fired; they just move on and reinvent themselves in new administrations. The chance that you will suffer under the same leader or someone like them again is great – hence we have the Hon. Hubert Hughes.
“A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma” - Marlene Dietrich.
Lord God... lead us!