3 principles essential for all leaders

Like the majority of Australians, according to the latest polls, I do not like Tony Abbott

My dislike of the Prime Minister stems not from his policy so much as his lack of vision and the absence of an apparent ethical framework. In this regard, I cannot speak for the rest of the country

I would argue, however, based on the polls that the majority of Australians have never liked Tony Abbott. I would argue that at the last election rather than Abbott winning – a hapless, divided, ‘rudderless’ (if you will pardon the pun), erratic and dysfunctional ALP lost the election

People voted for the best or least worse of two options

I would argue that this lack of popularity on Abbott’s behalf has contributed significantly to his lack of success over the last 18 months. Certainly, there has been little if any popular pressure on any other party or independent senators to work with the Prime Minister and the government

I would argue that Abbott’s lack of popularity has resulted in a lack of credibility and the complete absence of the political capital needed to do what he wants to do and Australia needs done – not that I would be so arrogant to suggest I know what Australia truly needs

I do have a strong view however on what the Prime Minister needs, what all politicians need and indeed what all leaders need to build the political capital to drive change. Among other things they need:

  • To have and articulate a vision
  • Display moral courage and integrity
  • Communicate with respect

If people understand and engage with a well-articulated vision, there is a much greater chance that they will stand behind their leader

I cannot remember the last prime Minister to articulate a clear vision

Can anyone tell me what the current Prime Minister is trying to create? What does his future Australia look like and ‘how will it benefit me’?

If I buy into your vision I will be more likely to support you, even when you do the tough things

I once heard VC winner Ben Roberts-Smith say that the most important element of leadership is moral courage – the courage to do what is right regardless of the consequences and then to do it consistently

Like most Prime Ministers Tony Abbott is far more likely to do what is popular within his constituency. He is come concerned about re-election than leadership – and like previous leaders have found, this can have the opposite effect

I am not sure what he believes in or if he believes in anything – and I say that with absolute sincerity

Without the demonstration of moral courage no leader will ever be seen as having the integrity that people should fall in behind

The last three Prime Ministers have been the worst communicators in my life time. They have spoken in a way that is focus group driven and which lacks any semblance of authenticity

This is despite the fact that the populous is demanding authenticity more than ever. We are all drawn to authenticity. That is much of what made Bob Hawke so popular

I would also argue that it lacks integrity for a Prime Minister, or indeed any leader to speak on behalf of “All Australians’ or indeed anyone other than themselves. It also argue that it is belittling when a Prime Minister keeps repeating himself, using hyperbole and uses slogans

We look for more substance from out leaders

In this regard we are more informed than ever

In my view these three issues are critical to all leaders:

  • Articulate a clear vision and get people on board with it
  • Demonstrate moral courage and take the hits where you need to
  • Communicate with clarity and sincerity

What say you?

This issue will be discussed in detail on THE D. JOHN CARLSON NETWORK – https://www.djohncarlsonesq.com/publishing/

  1. John Carlson is a behavioural scientist, strategic planner and lateral thinker focusing on branding, marketing, communication, personal advancement, business development and behaviour management. https://www.djohncarlsonesq.com/
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