Susan Wood doesn’t hold back with her thoughts on Labour’s leadership farce.
I’ve been thinking about leadership – real leadership and what it means.
I think this quote from a Harvard university professor sums it up. “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence. And making it last in your absence”
That gets me to our political leadership and soon to be former Labour leader David Cunliffe. I have no doubt he is an intelligent man, a well-intentioned man. But he has failed as a leader. The voters rejected him and his own caucus turned on him. The men and women he is leading have not become better because of his leadership and his absence has left a gaping hole of indecision and infighting.
The election defeat was of course not all his fault, no more than the National victory was all John Key’s work. But a great deal of it was.
Yes indeed, and his failure to be accountable has annoyed a great many members.
Since election night Cunliffe has barely put a foot right. The bizarre election night speech, a failure to take responsibility then a belated acceptance of sorts, dragging his decision out for a week before standing aside only to stand again which will lead to a protracted public blood letting. Read more »