I am writing this the day after the 2015 general election and the news that leaders of three of the opposition parties, namely Ed Miliband (Labour), Nick Clegg (LibDems) and Nigel Farage (Ukip), have all resigned. This means the three parties will all be looking for a new leader and their members will get a say, but what if you could choose your leader, who would you choose?
What you might look for in a leader is a deeply personal thing so the list the follows are the qualities that I would look for and won’t necessarily match with your list. So I would want someone who:

  • has clarity. A clear goal and vision is, for me, essential but at the same time it also has to be realistic and believable. Too often you cannot buy into a leader’s grand scheme as you really don’t think that it is possible
  • is personable. I want someone that I feel I can speak to and have a real conversation with
  • I admire. I want the individual to be someone that I would like to emulate, to learn from their successes
  • is honest. Surely this goes without saying
  • is a team player. Someone who is happy to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in and not just delegate.

And who would I choose? Well someone I greatly admire is Sir Frank Williams (below), the founder of the Williams formula one team, who has all of the qualities listed above and more. He also overcame a life threatening accident and came back stronger.
Who would you choose?
Photo By http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:LyndseyWF1 [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

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