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Leadership and generational characteristics

Comments on Greg Melleuish “Talking about my generation of leaders”, 29/06/2009, http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25703956-5013479,00.html

Melleuish puts Australian prime ministers into an interesting generational context. It is also interesting in that context that Kevin Rudd and Tony Blair who are the baby boomers’ generation, have some similarity in terms of spins.

I have to confess that my understanding of generational characteristics is very limited. However, it is not difficult to understand that there can be statistically significant differences in the aggregate characteristics between different generations, due to differences in their enviornment and the influences of those differences on their thinking. Average can be shown easily.

What I am more intereted, however, is that whether political leaders should be an average of their generation, or they should be true inspirational leaders and stand tall in history, perhaps with a little display of their genrational traits. My real hope is that while Rudd cares about appearance, he should focus much more on substance in governing and leading, rather than in changing direction with the wind.

I hope Rudd will be able to stand the test of history and leaves a true legacy of leadership, rather than being a chamelon. This is especially important at a time of economic crisis.

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