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The Fear of Supporting Political Reform

May 24, 2018 | English and Arabic |

Laura Paler, Leslie Marshall, and Sami Atallah

This brief examines the extent to which people are willing to support political reform in Lebanon. Using a randomized petition experiment with 2,496 citizens across the country, it is demonstrated that, although people wish to abolish the confessional political system, they are less willing to express that publicly.

This is largely due to fear of being sanctioned by their family members, community, and political leaders.

Looking at various socio-economic groups, lower income citizens—like their upper income compatriots—do not support sectarian politics.

Lower income citizens group is less willing to take public political action.

Concerning confessional groups, Christians express more support for confessional politics than their Sunni and Shia counterparts. Though Sunnis are less likely than other confessional groups to take public action.

The study suggests that an effort to effect change would either need to target those who are less fearful of voicing support for reform or would need to reduce the level of fear among sections of Lebanese society that otherwise would support reform.

(And what about the upper income compatriots? How did you subdivide this group and their source of wealth? What do they want to change and how?)

(So, No group or religious sect want to express what they want to reform? And who are the reformist citizens? What if you search for the reformists and then conduct the grouping?)

Why connecting to people is the mark of success?

Young “leaders”, or aspiring to be leaders in their communities, often explain their purpose in self-centered language: They focus on themselves and neglect others.

Individual contributors are great, but leaders always connect and mobilize people.

Leadership is about others.

Dan Rockwell posted “12 ways to connect and mobilize”:

  1. Highlight need – explain why things can’t go on as they are.
  2. Make them know they matter – show how they can help.
  3. Include everyone in crafting vision – engage people if you expect them to be engaged.
  4. Create channels for service – build organizational structure.
  5. Call people to rise up – great work isn’t convenient. Disrupt established patterns.
  6. Establish enabling relationships – build confidence by connecting the inexperience with the experience.
  7. Honor effort – express gratitude along the way.
  8. Rotate tasks and offer training.
  9. Track results – tell everyone what’s getting done.
  10. Point out more need – more to-do makes people matter more.
  11. Celebrate success – dance because you’re making a difference.
  12. Identify and leverage forward looking leaders.

Six roadblocks to success:

  1. People tensions. Inexperienced leaders wrongly believe good causes and great needs solve interpersonal tensions. Connecting people, not completing projects, is the great challenge of leadership. Good people collide.
  2. Power struggles.
  3. Confusion. Begin with simple behaviors that express big vision.
  4. Underutilized talent. People walk away when you waste their time and talent.
  5. Diverse values and motivations. Accept that what’s important to one isn’t important to another.
  6. Losing purpose. People lose motivation when they feel their efforts don’t make a difference.

How can leaders mobilize people?

What hinders effective mobilization?

(Learning to connect with people and constantly exercising that acquired skill is provide a wider range of opportunities for success. Though you need other talents from a variety of skilled people in other fields and tasks… if you intend to create your own business)




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