How to capacitate Political Intrapreneurs
“And so it is in politics, dear brother, each for himself alone, there is no other.” Geoffrey Chaucer
Politics is about power, in theory. In reality, it is more often about powerlessness.
Politics is also about individual empowerment through the free mandate. In reality, it is often more about individual helplessness, and dependency on the party.
In short, politics is full of contradictions, and dilemmas. And it shows.
As the former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer observed, “Politicians are the people with the thin lips. Because you have to put so much away. You have to swallow it.”
Political battles, personal attacks, internal struggles and scathing statements in the media all leave their marks. How can political parties make sure their greatest talents develop the required resilience?
Which brings us to Human Resources. In business, many boards now feature Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs). As one of the the most senior functions, they sit right next to the CEO. In political parties, such a function rarely exists.