Well, you wrote a rather interesting and sober words, but at the same time they are incompatible to each other and very specific for a man, who has a nickname of the best Russian liberal minister of all time. (Do not be offended; Happy New Year to you!!)
The main problem and the most weakest point in your words is an idea about strong leaders and democracy. I think that you can't be half a democrat and half a liberal;) And you can't separate your policy something like, for foreign countries I'm a democrat, for my own country I'm a despot and contrary.
Hitler, for example, by your theory ("society ripe with strong measures"), was in a certain way a very effective manager and even a liberal! He built an excellent roads, constantly praise German nation (Germans liked him), built an excellent German army, created great infrastructure ("give the infrastructure before you give freedom") Porsche is a best example (love this car and drove it several times, excellent handling;), etc, - that were his first steps, and if we would based on your words, that was his first step on the way to German democracy! Just how you said, - democracy for unprepared nations. First build infrastructure (repressions, killed workers) and build the power, only then liberalization. But suddenly!!, Hitler decided otherwise, he didn't made the second liberal step. Or he made it, but it was a very different step from democracy and liberalisation. You know what I mean, Holocaust, their, organised with our beloved Joseph Stalin (Molotov-Ribbentrop) Second World War, clothing from human's skin, etc.
And these words are very suitable for other rulers of this type. We are always searching in them a good point and can't look on them with sober eyes (happily I can) look through their persons, to their entire nature. Stalin, Lenin, etc.....and even, the man of course inconsistent with them (by his leadership and intellectual level) big Russian man Alexander III are all in this list.
All in all, I don't want to make a long reply.
Just concluding. Democracy is a democracy, Liberalism is a liberalism, Dictator is a dictator. Democracy on a half is even worse the strong Autocracy.
And these termins don't depend on a country type (Russia, U.S.A, Zimbabwe, Antarctic with Penguins) and don't depend on any other factors.
Just quote from Bible (rather interesting and useful book):
"Let your speech be: "Yes, yes," "no, no"; but anything else comes from evil".