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the failing grade of leaders

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The hand of leadership is a steadying force and guiding light in good times as well as bad. It does not waiver in the face of a storm or shirk its responsibilities and in-fact realizes its true test does not come with pastel skies but when the darkest clouds appear.

Leadership does not require a pat on the back or adoring crowds but typically the exact opposite where decision-makers often walk their days on a lonely road. For the most part, modern society has confused leaders with those who win popularity contests, flash the gleaming smile and spout a brilliant slogan. Those are not leaders but merely pretenders to the throne and the weakness in their armour will rear its ugly head in the storms of conflict.

Unfortunately and in an odd twist of fate, leadership qualities are rare in high ranking officials today and the pretenders are not at the helm of the ship. That may have been fine and dandy during those clear sailing days of the last decade or so but now as the skies have turned black it is abundantly clear they are so very lacking.

As the streets of the great city of London burn it is very clear that something is amiss as the hand of leadership is absent from national leaders to certain sectors of the business sector and hope must come from the citizenry.

The disconnect between recent history to the present is obvious, a telling reminder of the polar shifts in country where war drum cries of sixty-some years ago should be partitioned off with velvet rope. This is not the same cut of leadership that echoed “we shall never surrender”, as with each moment to take the helm has been missed. Nor is this the same society that respect codes of conduct and forms of behaviour of the same era and needs a firm internal review. The chilling images of London streets ablaze, swarming with rapid dogs for looters is not what England is “made of” and needs to be culled with a return to grace planned.

The tradition of “minimum force” if foolhardy, out-dated and instead of debate, stern action needs to be taken. While you failed to drop boots on the ground, bring out sound and water cannons and review intel that was available to the rest of the world, the cities burned and the public feared for their safety amongst the lawlessness. You do not allow your streets and homes to be vandalized and your citizens to run in fear and while some will be offended in a world so needy of political correctness and niceties, this entire matter could have been dealt with easily from the start yet the lack of battle tested leadership is obvious.

London and now many parts of England were victims of rioting due largely in part by poor leadership that lacked the knowledge of how to deal with rioters and square jaw toughness to realize with the first threat of danger it was time for boots to come to ground.

What is very evident and despite a net of CCTV, proactive measures have been confused with evidence for trial because while we will be inundated with photos of rioters now, it comes after the fact. Even with high conviction rate, you have established the inability to act on dangerous situations, extremely poor intel and signalled this fact to the rest of the world.

This is obviously a very dangerous precedent for not only the daily lives of citizens of the region but travellers to major events, particularly with London set to host the Olympics next summer. If this was a “test” you have failed miserably and the entire world is now aware.

Yet the failing grade is not limited to public officials in England who forever been known for their “Katrina” but Blackberry whose messenger service was used as a communication tool to launch these events. While the first sniff of this should have been met by government intervention, the corporation soiled its brand by not recognizing the need to pull the plug on the network until danger subsided. Though these messages will not serve as a matrix to bring criminals to justice, it is after the fact and will not replace fear that grips the city and the tarnished image.

This event further signals the need for better monitoring systems within social media circles because it very clear how it can be used for unrest. Like incidents in north- Africa this summer that used Twitter, rioters in England connected via a public messenger service and obviously the level of expertise has ratcheted up.

If there is something positive that will come out of this, it is only from those who believe in the most silver of linings. Clearly a review of leadership is needed but more importantly if leadership qualities and acceptable social behaviour are being taught. The vast divide that exists can only be closed within the youth and for that to occur greater investment in education is needed. Accelerated costs to education and the pit of despair sit at the root of this problem and needs a complete reversal. As with the inability to deal with riots properly, governments who implemented draconian budgets have now felt the wrath of deeply misguided youth when you cull hope and this must change.

The burned out buildings in London will serve as evidence for a brief time of these trying moments but notice has been served as it is time to review leadership, what constitutes a leader and the process of building a strong generation in the future. It is abundantly clear that something is well off-course and stern action is needed.

John Davies is available on his personal page on Facebook as well as or Twitter.


Comments (2)

It’s a terrific editorial which raise an excellent point which is that the role of leader is misunderstood by the majority.But I don’t expect the “so-called” leaders to be accountable one bit.It is what it is…

Thank you Robert and yes, the public’s vision of leader is well off course.

Thanks you – John

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