Under my leadership

It is a really interesting time to read headlines in B.C. with the municipal-election campaigns under way. 

While Kelowna is fraught with accusations of Trumpian style campaigning, it is interesting to see the positioning of individual candidates. 

With a little experience in municipal politics, I was interested to read comments that pertained to a candidate's “leadership." In other words, because of “their leadership,” so much was achieved. 

It is true that a talented, inspirational leader can claim successes, but a true leader will give credit to the team and take the blame for failures.

I guess it is the time of year, but now we see the bravado of a campaign emerging for example: "because 'I' did this, you benefitted." 

What I actually found in my short career in politics (a very badly paid career) is that while mayors may spend more time in the office and have a leadership role in crafting administrative agendas, their vote means very little unless council deliberations end up in a hung vote.

In other words, mayors are tie breakers.

The role of the leader (mayor) in a municipal council in my humble opinion is to assist in creating consensus amongst a diverse set of individuals. 

Where is credit due? Your guess is as good as mine.

A person's track record speaks more about their success than their words. So let someone's actions speak louder than their words. If they can build consensus, they will be viewed as good leaders because of their team’s successes.

The statement “under my leadership” is redundant.


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