09 June, 2012

Looking for Leadership

Last month’s tussle for the leadership of the ALP didn’t just reveal a lot about the simmering resentment on both sides, it also tells us a lot about how Labor and Australia in general relate to the notion of leadership.  Some of the charges against Rudd were that he was (and remains) controlling, demeaning, egotistical and narcissistic.  Really?  Sounds exactly like Paul Keating.  Bugger me, an egotistical leader?  Whoever heard of such a thing?  Never mind the fact that standing for national leader is just about the most egotistical thing you can do.  Like they say in the classics, ego is not a dirty word.  If you want humility, visit a soup kitchen.  If you want a leader, they’re going to come with an ego.

...and if you'd like to read the rest of this piece, you can find it here:

In fact, if you subscribe to The King's Tribune, you could have read it two months ago.

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