Last week Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard faced the worst week in her career and famously quipped under extreme pressure that “I’m the best person to do this job and I’ll continue to do it”. That whole response got me thinking, is political leadership that much different from other forms of leadership, and how would this current scenario play out if she was a leader of a business, school or even a family?
Well here it goes, firstly, to lead as a the CEO of a business, and then to be exposed as incompetent would create such a destabilisation to the foundations of the company that shareholders would eventually pull their money out leading it to potential bankruptcy. If it was a school, parents would withdraw their kids from classes to the point where the education authorities would be forced to act and get rid of the offending principal.
And what if it was a family? Well, you can clearly see what would happen – a rudderless parent, living in denial, would create such uncertainty and instability that the children would most likely desert the family home due to the delinquent leadership, eventually forcing the authorities to be called in to investigate.
Our current political leadership is doing serious damage to Australia’s brand, not to mention the trashing of Labor’s positioning. Political leadership is an interesting animal that at times does not reflect the real world that most people live in. The current evidence illustrates that we still have a leader that doesn’t appear to have a real idea of how to lead and that cannot be good for Australia or our future in these uncertain times.