A blue­print for what not to do

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial - – Bruce Hill, Giru, Qld

The verbal gym­nas­tics ex­hib­ited by politi­cians to jus­tify lead­er­ship changes make in­ter­est­ing read­ing, but surely the main rea­son for their short terms, at least in the past decade, has been the lack of lead­er­ship at­tributes in those de­posed; the ex­cep­tion is Ju­lia Gil­lard, who, as a woman, didn’t have a chance (Karen Middleton, “How Mor­ri­son played ev­ery­one”, Septem­ber 1–7). Rudd, Ab­bott, Turn­bull – none of them man­aged to cre­ate an ef­fec­tive team, all were so im­pressed with their own abil­i­ties that they felt they had a di­vine right to do as they wished. Fu­ture lead­er­ship pro­grams could just study how the RATs did things and pro­pose the op­po­site.

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