Friday, September 9, 2016

The mystery of leadership

What are the qualities that make a person a 'leader'? What does it mean to be a 'leader'?

What proportion of people make it to 'leadership positions' who genuinely have the talents or gifts to be in such positions?

What number of people end up in leadership jobs who simply do not have any of the 'skills' for the job?

Is there anything worse than failed leadership? Anything worse than mediocrity? Probably: fanaticism.

The 'silent people' who slink in the background and pull the strings, especially so, when leadership is weak.

Is it all the nonsense and pathetic jockeying for 'power' that has the church where it is today? It certainly has played a role.

And then all the sad people who follow failed leaderships.

Mandela was clearly a leader. So too was Helmut Schmidt.

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