GRE Essay Topic 370 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Unlike great thinkers and great artists, the most effective political leaders must often yield to public opinion and abandon principle for the sake of compromise."
Political leaders are the ones selected by the public to look after the development processes.A political leader can be effective when he is satisfied by the people under him.In order to satisfy the people,they need to interact with the public,understand their problems and resolve it.To accomplish those tasks in most of the times he need to yield to the public opinion and some of the times in restricting to the principles and objectives they have choosen.
Political leaders must yield to the public opinion because problems faced by the public can be clearly understood when there is a interaction from both the sides.Every human is not capable of judging to the best of the situation.In order to solve the problem more efficiently,the leaders need to communicate with some of the people facing a particular problem,so that they can understand the problems from the public side.
For example,there is water problem in one of the cities,to avoid these problem, leaders need to speak to the public for a solution,as they are facing the problem in the present situation and knows much about a situation in order to suggest a efficient solution.
Political leaders must not completely yield to the public opinion but need to take some decisions based on their moral principles and objectives.A solution to one part of the place may create problems in other places,to avoid such things better make a decision that holds good for most of the people.
For example,to avoid the unemployment problem,if the government takes a decision to build a rubber factory, that provides some employment oppurtunities to the unemployed,but if the factory is constructed near by villages,it leads other problems such as pollution of water,affects the farmlands,causes harmful diseases due to the gases released by the factory.In this situation there is an advantage for some part of the people but affects most others and the country’s wealth.So in such type of cases,they need to bind to the principles and objectives.
Therefore,political leaders need to yield to the public in many of the situations and restrict themselves to their principles depending upon the type of the situation they have been encountered with.
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