Hierarchy Fear Syndrome©

© Maanoj Rakhit / Yashodharma

16 Feb 2013

During the life time of organizations, most become captive of what I would want to call the Hierarchy Fear Syndrome[i].

It is a mixture of desire (power, position, money, etc.) and insecurity (losing what’s already acquired) that makes people resort to it.

Once a selfish person takes over the charge of an organization he becomes very selective about people who may, or may not, reach high places in the organization. He takes due care that such people are no threat to his chair, to his policies, to his philosophies, and to his doings within the organization. He also takes care that such people will glorify him after his death, and shall not negate his misdoings. He takes every care to put adequate roadblocks for other contenders, likely rebels, from reaching higher ranks within the organization. And finally, he handpicks the person who would be his successor, and begins to promote that person within the organization, keeping him/her in the limelight. Other people, with whom injustice has been done, depending on their inner strength, either leave the organization, or accept the inevitable.[1]  

A leader, a man of substance, who is not insecure about his stature within the organization, has no reason to engage himself in such manipulative practices. On the other hand, leaders without substance, insecure within, suffer from Hierarchy Fear Syndrome and, resort to techniques that would take due care of their concerns which arise from their sense of insecurity. Such insecurity is often the product of their inherent guilt.

[1] Mr. MK Gandhi exemplified this syndrome. He chose Mr. JL Nehru who had no mettle of his own to become the Prime Minister so he chose to hang on to Gandhi. Netaji Subhash Bose was reelected as Congress President for the second time defeating Mr. Gandhi’s candidate Pattabhi Sitaramayya. Gandhi declared it as his personal defeat because Pattabhi Sitaramayya was his candidate.

“However, due to the manoeuvrings of the Gandhi-led clique in the Congress Working Committee, Bose found himself forced to resign from the Congress presidency” Desai; Meghnad. Rediscovery of India, The (pb). Penguin Books India. pp. 235. ISBN 978-0-14-341735-4. Retrieved 17 July 2012. [manoeuvre - a contrived, complicated, and possibly deceptive plan or action]

“Whenever any opposition raised outside his cabinet, he could always coerce the public by threatening to retire from the Congress or to fast unto death.” The Indian Struggle: Subhash Chandra Bose, p.245, re-quoted in আমি সুভাষ বলছি (I am Subhash Calling), Shailesh Dey, 4th edn চৈত্র 1376 (Bangla calendar Chaitr’ 1376)

[i] I would want to define it in-depth, some other day, through some other work, as I do not want to load this work with too many conceptual issues. 

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