Hugo Chavez as some have already reported seems to be a pseudotransformational
leader. Northouse (2010) defines pseudotransformational leaders as those “who
are self-consumed, exploitive, and power oriented, with warped moral values”. Northouse (2010) says that “pseudotransformational
leadership is considered personalized leadership which focuses on the leader’s
own interests rather than on the interests of others” (p. 173). Sadly, Venezuelans will be going to the polls
on October 7 to elect a new president, and Hugo Chavez has all the oil money including
profits from supplying diesel to Syria (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303292204577517041523762940.html
to buy those who do not know any better.
The Washington Post’s editorial Facing election, Hugo Chávez ruthlessly
consolidates his power explains the current situation, and the alleged lack of
interest of President Obama to assist Venezuelans to enforce democracy:
Hugo Chavez continues to abuse the media taking advantage of
seizing the networks, and may be using government’s funding for campaigning:
The good news is that the opposition candidate Henrique
Capriles Radonski (http://hayuncamino.com) seems to have earned the streets
with thousands of followers.
International observers must keep their eyes and all senses open and become
aware of possible cheating on the part of Hugo Chavez.
Fareed Zakaria, PhD of CNN’s GPS show presented today Chavez’s
remake of Liberator Simon Bolivar’s face.
Long ways to go to a Mount Vernon’s George Washington’s face
but after Chavez is gone Venezuelans can appreciate Simon Bolivar as a hero,
and not as a political game as Chavez is making.
Ambassador Adolfo Taylhardat commented in his column about
how Venezuela’s Foreign Service is inept lead by a former bus driver assigned
by Hugo Chavez as minister who may need intensive training in diplomacy:
Venezuelans have hope
that the opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski will be the new
president, but worry about Hugo Chavez’s algorithms manipulating the results of
the election. The International Court of Justice, busy at it is, should make
time to prosecute Hugo Chavez for fraud if the alleged algorithms and open
violation of the vote are true.
Venezuelans need help from
world leaders, and the International Court of Justice, to resolve abuse of
power in Venezuela and restore democracy.
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Northouse, P. G. (2010).
Leadership: Theory and practice. Los
Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.