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Choosing our leaders – how can we improve?

11 Jan 2011

Leading the way

After England’s recent Ashes triumph, Kevin Pietersen has said that it was ‘good for English cricket’ that he lost the captaincy two years ago. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/9329526.stm)

which got me thinking – why do we so often get the wrong leader in place?

– are the qualities necessary to be a modern leader not well understood?
– is it more about luck – the circumstances determining which type of leader will succeed or fail rather than the leader making the best of those circumstances
– do we actually use more basic (evolutionary) traits  when faced with a difficult decision on who should lead (the noisiest, most attractive (square jawed, tallest?), the one with the quickest wit, the one we’d personally like to be more like
– and how long should we stick with a failing leader (a constant source of concern to many premiership football club owners it would seem)

we’d like to hear your thoughts – how can we increase our certainty when choosing our leaders?

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