Entrepreneur turned Prime- Minister: Man with a dream?


Notoriously known, Moldova’s society is resistant to change primarily due to reasons such as lack of competence of the individuals working within public institutions, fear of suffering from a change in their status quo, likelihood of loosing current rewards or other “ job- related benefits in kind”.

Chiril Gaburici, the current Prime Minister that crossed from commerce/CEO to government, is seemingly an individual willing to stick his neck out for public approval. Before attending yesterday’s event I was absolutely sure I will meet just another “wannabe pseudo-politician” who cares more about his purple socks than his country, however now I am absolutely uncertain about my opinion of him.

My post will be very vague and brief because most of the information discussed yesterday should remain “offline”. As opposed to the public sector, individuals belonging to the philanthropic profit making third sector are driven by incentives that are diametrically conflicting with the incentives driving the rational economic man.. I would say that a great significance has been given to the fact that the prime-minister finds it demanding to work within the existing environment, as he believes challenges related to poor communication and the existing nostalgia to do things the old way, meaning a bureaucratic organisational climate that stagnates system change and a lack of competence (my opinion) prevents individuals from making trips to meet other fellows halfway in regards to the issues arising in the public sector.

Furthermore he has stated that he finds the working environment intellectually stimulating, as he does not seize any difference in the calibre of individuals working in the public or private sector. Later the Prime Minister expressed his opinion in regards to the complex freight of privatisation of certain institutions that are viewed by the public eye as KEY players, insinuating that to some extent he supports the involvement of independent third parties in the privatisation process. Overall the discussion oscillated between politics and business.

Referring to his leadership skills clearly he has managed to acknowledge the existing weaknesses and insignificant, in my opinion, strengths of the environment nonetheless leadership is also about one’s capacity to execute and deliver the “ final product”, in our case, to the citizens. Now this is something, Mr Gaburici would have to prove to his country and people. The self-made entrepreneur obviously acknowledges the austere need for innovation and radical restructuring required.

Without being obsessively suspicious, I would like to think that his leadership style will be as good as his personal style. Aesthetically speaking, the choice of his clothing’s colors are adapted and influenced by professional factors, which I personally believe – he totally Aced it. As he is an outgoing, flexible individual with good interpersonal skills that in fact boost the effectiveness of his self disclosure, his style choices further signal his snobbism, whose effect on the overall ensemble make him look unmistakably unique. His style, body language, facial expression and “approach”, his desire to test his own comfort zone, idioms like “be yourself “ are all examples of a skillful self-disclosure without breaking the socio-cultural norms nor fostering distrust but he’s gotta work on his PR skills.

As it became increasingly known, the currency of power nowadays is deemed to be money rather than political resilience, thus the prominence of entrepreneurs that will dominate the political arena will highly increase in foreseeable future, even in Moldova. Hopefully his business success will represent small potato titles compared with his run for prime-minister.