Janan Ganesh’s article on leadership this week is one of the best I’ve read this year…

…in four short columns in the FT he summarises what good and poor leadership is. He is writing about David Cameron, but his summary is wholly applicable to business leaders: the need to articulate an objective; the unsatisfied demand for leadership and the importance of aspiration…”the mere fact of having  a direction, whatever it is, could be galvanising”. My only quibble is that he writes that “the idea is to clarify not what he [the PM] stands for….but where the country is going”. I disagree. It’s difficult to set direction unless you know what you stand for.

Ciaran

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