One of the repeated bits of feedback I had during the Dirty Politics affair is that I seemed to be so relaxed about it. Â Sure, I was trying to limit the damage that was caused by media having a party with my private communications, but I didn’t flip out. Â Not much point to it. Â Hosking is onto it as well
And in creative pursuits enjoying the ride is the key.
Because people can see and feel when you’re enjoying the ride, and having them see and feel that, is the key to success, or at least part of it.
I tell you this because I see it these days in David Shearer, which is why I am sad he’s not running for the big job.
I saw it in David Shearer before he got the big job last time, and that’s why I backed him. When you listen to Shearer you hear a likeable, intelligent bloke who’s done a lot of amazing things.
But after he got the job, all that seemed to vanish, he coiled into a spring and started stuttering.
He started mincing and mixing his words. He started sounding like he was on medication and couldn’t remember what he was saying or what day it was.
The joy had gone and the spin doctors had invaded his brain.
Leadership is as much a creative pursuit as painting a picture or writing lyrics.
You have to be at one with yourself, you have to be at peace. Your life has to have solid foundations, you have to have a life outside what it is you’re doing creatively.
When you have that, you are free. When you are free, and you have a vision and a goal, you are unstoppable … until you start second guessing yourself and letting it all get on top of you.
Once David lost the job, he vanished for a while … but has now re-emerged the old David.
And in talking to him on Tuesday on Newstalk ZB about why he wasn’t running this time, there he was, old David, carefree David. Articulate, thoughtful intelligent David.
If only he could have taken old David with him into that job and stayed that way, it might have been so different.
In a party full of contenders that really only have a passing acquaintance with the real world, a dose of normality is desperately required.
And David Shearer could have been that dose.