"Learning to live and living to learn"
One of the most regrettable repercussions of our celebrity, googlebox-obsessed culture is the basis upon which we appoint/choose people to make decisions for the good of our society. We usually refer to such people as leaders but for me the term “leader” implies a benchmark which many of our so-called leaders fail to meet. As such, I question whether they deserve the designation.
The problem to be overcome is that so long as we continue to choose/appoint, “decision makers”, on such bases as fame, fortune, contacts, affiliations etc., we will inevitably end up with the wrong leader, in the wrong place, at the wrong time. I would suggest that nowhere is this more evident than the current situation on the political stage in the UK. If you are familiar with the popular television drama titled the “Peaky Blinders”, then you will have some idea of the narrative underway.
The key learning we must take from the current melodrama, in my humble opinion, is that when choosing a leader, rather than base our decisions on who has the most prominent profile, we would be better focusing on who has the requisite competencies to meet the challenges we face. In other words, we consider the nature of the challenges first, before we look for the right leadership profile, rather than the other way around.
Now even if we follow this rather obvious heuristic, our choice may prove problematic because, together with mapping competencies to challenges, we must also consider the nature of the prospective candidate’s intent.
With this in mind, we can now turn our attention to the latest episode of the Sneaky Blunders, a small, but close-knit, cabal of decision makers who govern the country in our name. If, like me, you are concerned about the lack of integrity amongst those who hold positions of power, then you will probably have dipped into the latest goings on in the Palace of Westminster these past few days. You will, I would expect, have been appalled at the obfuscation and lack of transparency shown by senior Whitehall mandarins when questioned by parliamentary committee and you would have struggled to keep your lunch down, watching Boris Johnson’s ridiculous, oily smirk when questioned about how he financed the renovations to the apartment he likes to call his home.
Apparently, for a political leader, the task of producing an invoice from a supplier with evidence of payment, is such a hugely complex task, that it requires focus and dedication from the country’s finest technocrats, accounting experts and doctorates in bookkeeping. Of course, if our Prime Minister, and the rest of the Sneaky Blunders, were transparent in their intent to act in the interests of the country rather than their own self-obsession, which of course they cannot do, then we would not have to put up with this melodrama, and we could focus on more pressing issues, such as coping with the disastrous path these silly people have set us on.
But, we only have ourselves to blame. We chose the wrong people for the job and, for the moment at least, we are stuck with the Sneaky Blunders.