His Working Style
Known for his organizational skills and penchant for perfection, MK Stalin was an exemplary administrator. For a corporation which was starved at many levels of governance and leadership, MK Stalin was like a breath of fresh air. He was patient while listening to grievances, but was aggressive in implementing schemes.
A party functionary shares, “The DMK came to power in 2006, because of his tireless efforts. Thalapathy lends a ear to everyone, before taking decisions, and all his decisions are well-balanced, and never appease or affront any one faction of the party or public."
In a state known for its hero-worship, MK Stalin took his achievements in a very matter-of-fact fashion. When he was at office, larger-than-life forms of exaggerated posters and flex boards were a big no-no. If any poster portrayed him as a General, God or a historic character, he ensured that it was promptly pulled down. He also micro-manages to an extent – things that are very dear to him – because he is clear that the outcomes for an assignment must be met, at any cost. If he is organizing a conference, he makes it a point to visit the hall two days prior to the event, offer suggestions and ensures that deadlines are kept.
As a Mayor he was balancing his act between the responsibilities of the civic body, his party positions and his responsibilities in the Assembly, in a seamless fashion.
As the Mayor, he would cover one area of the city a day, identify its problems and chart out a plan on the time frame of addressing those challenges. And then he’d make it a point to revisit that area again, six months later, to see if things had improved.