Nicaragua: crisis of leadership and empathy

We all wonder how many deaths are necessary to stop the repression against the population in Nicaragua. In a ruthless sign of attachment to power, Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo remain unchanged in the face of the demands of their compatriots in the streets: «Let them go now!».

There is no leadership or positive action if a ruler resorts to massacres in order to sustain himself in office. Under the cruel name of «Operation Cleaning», Ortega points in the opposite direction to common sense and aims to manage the dissatisfaction with blood and fire.

The German athlete Klaus Balkenhol said: «There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust.»

In cases like Nicaragua’s, ego and drunkenness of power generate a parallel reality, which ends up clouding any realistic analysis. Ortega and Murillo have not realized their thunderous defeat and aspire to retain the position, even if bathed in blood. In the past, other «leaders» suffered the same «disease» —Gaddafi, Hussein, the Ceausescu couple— and ended up being devastated by history, but not before causing great pain to their governed.

Student leaders, Catholic bishops and other Nicaraguan sectors are calling for a dialogued solution. It is not possible to lead anything under the force of arms. Since last April, more than 300 people have lost their lives, and the figure is on the way to genocide. The United States, the European Union and the United Nations have spoken out, but only 12 governments in Latin America have spoken clearly about the need to stop the violence and hold elections. What does the rest say? When ideology and corporatism distinguish between «good and bad dead», we have a serious problem of empathy.

As leaders, we must first lead ourselves. And, therefore, we are the first to change. Whoever does not understand it, is condemned to the judgment of history.

Today Nicaragua hurts more than ever. The return of the dictator Somoza seemed difficult, but there are terrifying ideas that come back again and again. The antidote, we already know, is in ourselves: in today’s societies, we are obliged to form exponential mindful leaders, emotionally literate, whose mission is to serve others from a higher state of consciousness.


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