Hol­ness a study in cri­sis lead­er­ship

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDITOR, Sir: FOR THE first in a very long time, I and my fam­ily — and in­deed many of my neigh­bours — felt a sense of as­sur­ance that Ja­maica was be­ing led by the most ca­pa­ble pair of hands at a time when we needed it most.

The proac­tive, on-the-ground ap­proach by Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness, whose com­mu­nica­tive style is un­matched by his pre­de­ces­sors, raises the stan­dard of lead­er­ship dur­ing cri­sis to new lev­els. Hol­ness was our vir­tual bul­wark against Hur­ri­cane Matthew. And he stood up to the test of the mighty storm as he did the awe­some chal­lenge of keep­ing our na­tion in­formed, while keep­ing the naysay­ers at bay.

Those who did — and even those who did not vote JLP in the Fe­bru­ary 25 elec­tion — must be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the un­fold­ing of that deep-down feel­ing they would have had about Hol­ness’ ca­pac­ity to be bet­ter than he was back then. His im­proved per­for­mance has no doubt in­spired those gov­ern­ment agen­cies in­volved in the mon­i­tor­ing and re­sponse ef­forts to Hur­ri­cane Matthew, all of which per­formed at a higher level. Well done, Mr Prime Min­is­ter! BARRY BROADWELL broadwell.barry@ya­hoo.com

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