Quite simply: "What is leadership?"
We hear a lot about leadership these days. Usually, from people whose own leadership is under question. Tories spending millions to broadcast ads that tell everyone "Stephane Dion is not a leader". Jack Layton screaming about how having our troops in Afghanistan for longer than the next 24 hours shows a "lack of leadership" on the part of the government...
What IS this "leadership" we hear so much about? Is it getting people to do what you tell them? If so, Hitler and Stalin could be characterized as great leaders. Is it being RIGHT about an issue, as Democrats keep insisting that Dubya is "a poor leader", despite the fact that everyone around him does what he tells them to? If being RIGHT is the hallmark of leadership, then shouldn't we applaud Maginot, for building the line of fortifications that, as promised, stopped the Germans from invading from the East? (they came through Belgium instead). Or is leadership all in the results? Mark Messier captained 2 teams to the Stanley Cup (the only man ever to do so), and won it 6 times in all. Is the Moose therefore a better leader than, say, Mike Bossy?
I know MY opinion... I share it with Ralph.
"I just got out in front of the parade - it was the people in the parade
that determined where we were going."
To me, leadership is knowing what the people want and need (by asking them), and then finding a middle ground between the 2, giving it to them and staying true to the core principle while being open to the evolving nature of reality.
What I'm MORE interested in is YOUR opinion, so please add it to the bottom of this post as a comment, or email privately if you prefer, at amishbuggyracing (at) gmail (dot) com.