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THE art of successful administration and management is a creative characteristic that distinguishes a manager who is keen about the prosperity of his work.
This also applies to the leader of the state, especially in monarch regimes, as in reality, he is the mastermind behind all the affairs of his country. Gauging his success begins with his good selection of advisors and assistants.
This principle was confirmed by the Arab thinker Abd al-Rahman bin Khaldun when he said, “Management of a city is necessary according to the morals and wisdom that the leader enjoys.” To complement the aforementioned, competent people must be in place in their proper positions. To achieve this, the leader surrounds himself with elements, or as the Persian king Bahram bin Bahram said, “There is no strength for men except with money. There is no way for money except with building. There is no way for building except with justice. Justice is the established balance among creation whose Lord appointed him and made him a ruler, and he is the king.” So, the success of states begins with the good management of the ruler, and the region, especially in the monarch states, which witnessed a tug of war in the movement of its ruling families.
Nonetheless, when a country gets a charismatic leader who is accepted by the people and chooses his assistants well, his country advances.
However, when those who were not qualified to lead the takeover, their countries regress.
We have to admit that in the Arabian Gulf states, the leaders have been keen to select qualified foreign and Arab advisors, because of which their countries rose and advanced.
On the other hand, some others retreated after they relied on routine in management, or when their officials were tempted to get enough of consulting others and decided it was time to rely on local consultants who were under the illusion that their work in some institutions for a long period of time gives them the status of a consultant.
Most of the countries that flourished enjoyed modern infrastructure and worked primarily to develop education, benefit from its outputs, and invest them in all fields, but the principle behind that was the leader’s keenness to advance his people, and his quest for history to do justice to him.
That is why today we see some countries quickly overcoming obstacles. It is because God endowed them with seasoned and wise leaders who direct, plan, and order implementation.
On the other hand, countries with multiple references fell into the trap of conflict of interests and personal whims of the officials, especially when the leader gave up his role and entrusted the matter to the government, which in turn assigned it to parliament. Because of this, each one in the parliament sought to invest this politically for his personal interest, which led to the failure of the state, while similar ones were growing and advancing.
Life does not accept vacuum. The state, if it does not continue to move, lags behind. Therefore, it must have capable management, well-studied decisions, and relationships among various social components based on solidarity. There should be no discrimination between groups. All of this is based on the work and the awareness of the official about the nature of his role, and the follow-up of his leaders.
On the other hand, an official who does not have the ability to work can give up his position, enjoy retirement in his home, and leave the matter to those who are qualified for this task.
This is a state of institutions and represents a permanent movement of achievement. The leader is obligated before his people to achieve prosperity and justice. That is why it was said in the past – “States are known by their leaders.”
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times