Leaders - how powerful are they?
Posted by Simon Parke, 25 Nov 2020
Leaders are not as powerful as people imagine; because things happen. Or as the Tory Prime Minister Harold Macmillan put it, ‘Events, dear boy, events.’
(This was probably not Johnson’s vision of his prime ministerial reign.)
You may be a competent skipper of a boat. But when the storm comes, there’s only so much you can do. And sometimes there’s nothing at all – but hope.
This is how leadership is sometimes.
And the healthy leader will acknowledge this lack of control…
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