It all comes to the competence of their staff, including key advisors. An executive president or prime minister is like the executive officer of a company with more public and constitutional responsibilities. As such, they cannot be their own staff. A president isn’t a technical and administrative operative of governmental affairs. He or she is actually a layperson on the technical running of the machinery of the government, no matter how educated and experienced they might be, and therefore, needs the help of competent staff to advise and implement policies, engage in public relations, maintain efficient government communications and act as the chain with other government departments and legislators (members of the parliament). A President or CEO without such mechanism in place doesn’t know his/her job and doesn’t know what he or she is doing. They will definitely fail to deliver what they have been elected for. They will end up in total failure in the end. It is just a matter of time when the entire nation would come to realize the mistake they had made in putting such person in power. By that time, unfortunately, the damage is done, and whining, finger-pointing and blame game would start flying all around us.
One quick observation of how and whether a president is doing his/her job is to find out who is the chief of staff at presidency and how that key staff member is competent and fits into his/her role with necessary people’s skills, but also empowered, enjoying the full trust of the president. The USA are the most powerful nation on earth. In the US, the 2nd most powerful unelected official of the government is the White House Chief of Staff. There is reason for that. All great presidents of America had had powerful and competent chiefs of staff. Practically, in America, the Chief of Staff runs not only the government, but the whole country and beyond ( foreign governments).
A president runs the government and country through his/her chief of staff. Not having energetic and competent staff at presidency is a recipe for failure, in fact it would be gross negligence of one’s presidential duties. Here, the key to successful presidency is finding able men and women to run the presidential administration with appropriate power-delegation and trust to do their jobs. Here in Puntland, some people have started to worry about this matter.
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