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Forthcoming IssueQE71 - 17 September 2018
Follow the Leader
Democracy and the rise of the strongman
What is true leadership, and how do we get it? What qualities should we wish for in our political leaders?
In this wise and timely essay, Laura Tingle argues that democratic leaders build a consensus for change, rather than bludgeon the system or turn politics into a popularity contest. They mobilise and guide, more than impose a vision.
Tingle offers acute portraits – profiles in courage and cunning – of leaders ranging from Merkel and Howard to Macron and Obama. She discusses the rise of the strongman, including Donald Trump, for whom there is no map, only sentiment and power. And she analyses what has gone wrong with politics in Australia, arguing that successful leaders know what they want to do, and create the space and time to do it. So where does this leave Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten?
“Both Turnbull and Shorten arrived in federal parliament as the most impatient of men. Both felt entitled to be accelerated into positions of seniority … but neither seemed to have a particular view about where they wanted to lead the country. They have had to learn the art of leadership on the job.”
Follow the Leader, Laura Tingle
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