I only recall ever picking up Management magazine once. It was back in 2009, I think, and John Key was on the cover. The article was like Playboy for managers, porn for stuffed suits. Breathless adoration of their god-king. Now, even the capitalist class is waking up to the fact that they’ve been taken by the greatest con man in the country. That’s if the latest edition is anything to go by.
“Will John Key rise to the occasion, not just competently but inspirationally? Does he look like a leader determined to deliver us the promised land?”
“Key’s ego is overt. And generally, inflated egos and political leadership are constant companions. More relevant is whether or not he has a vision for New Zealand. If he has,he has steadfastly refused to share it. That’s usually a bad sign but, again, it’s prevalent in political leaders.
Key’s disinclination to share his vision suggests a lack of willingness to commit and reluctance to be honest about future intentions. That in turn suggests a leadership approach based on knowing what’s best,and believing that what’s best is not for sharing.
That’s strange, because principled and well-articulated visions generally stand up to scrutiny. And great visions are worth defending. The best leaders even use them to inspire people to help realise the dream.
These are complicated times. The issues confronting nations like ours are complex. Great leaders have the capacity to distil and explain issues, and to take the team with them. Key seems to have a strong personal following.He could probably sell his vision if he had one and he believed it was truly worth pursuing. The fact that he doesn’t, suggests a leadership strategy based more on expedience than inspiration”
Kind of reads like someone writing about all the faults of their ex, eh? You know, the faults that their mates saw all along but couldn’t make them see.
If only a few more thousand people had fallen out of love four months back – we wouldn’t be facing asset sales and all the rest of National’s rightwing agenda today*
*(Labour needed to take 5905 votes from National to take a seat off them. Yes, we would still have a Nat-ACT-UF-Maori government but it would have no majority without the Maori Party, so no asset sales etc.)