Listening Character and Political Leadership. How does Abbott Stack up?

The Australian Independent Media Network

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It is probably fair to say that you cannot be a good leader without character. Character is the defining point of leadership.

Character is a combination of traits that etch the outlines of a life, governing moral choices and infusing personal and professional conduct. It’s an elusive thing, easily cloaked or submerged by the theatrics of politics. But unexpected moments can sometimes reveal the fibres from which it is woven.

There are many examples of leaders without character. Hitler, Stalin, Nixon etc.

In the recipe of what makes a good leader there are many ingredients. Self-awareness is one. The innate ability to know who you are and what your capabilities and limitations are. The need to have the aptitude to motivate people with your vision. Often the art of leadership is the ability to bring those otherwise opposed to your view, to accept it. It is also about delegation, empathy…

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