And so to the queue of people telling us that they want to be the next Prime Minister. Faced by an electorate baffled and bewildered and downright angry about the state of political leadership in this country.
Here’s my list of ten things I want from the people who want me to follow them – a list against which to measure those who seek to lead:
(1) Leadership is service
The first responsibility of a leader is to serve. Before anything else, to serve.
(2) Leadership is sacrifice
The greatest leaders are the ones who believe in something greater than themselves – and who are prepared to spend themselves in that cause.
(3) Leadership is courage
I find myself returning often to that Aaron Sorkin line from the film, The American President: “I was so busy keeping my job, that I forgot to do my job”. Leadership demands courage. I mean moral courage. I mean the insistence on doing the right thing, regardless of the personal costs or consequences.
(4) Leadership is truth
Leaders must tell the truth. Always.
(5) Leadership is listening
Two ears, one mouth – to...
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