The passing of Nelson Mandela shows how lacking of leadership we are on the world stage

by Lenny Parsons in Miscellaneous 3 year(s) ago
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He was a great man, and we could hardly expect all leaders to be like him, but when we look around the world stage there is no one even remotely close. There is virtually no one who most people would even say, "he's a good guy, he would stand up for my interests". Above all this lack of leadership reinforces the need for structural political change.

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Mary Daniels

I am stuck at bit re the wording of this one as I think there are lots of great people who exemplify great leadership but I feel there are not enough coming through the political ranks that I can see.

3 year(s) ago
Harry Gwynne 

Mmmm.. yes maybe you are right. What kind of people did you have in mind Mary?

As an aside, an interesting article someone send my on Nelson Mandela earlier.
www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/7-nelson-mandela-quotes-you-probably-wont-see-in-the-us-medi

3 year(s) ago
Mary Daniels

Thanks for the link Harry, I guess I see so many people through the work I do that are great leaders, who stand up for the people around them and those less fortunate than themselves but they wouldn't necessarily see themselves as a political figure or a voice for others in that space. I think the bigger question is how we find our own voice and stand up for ourselves. Wr can't keep waiting for others to lead on key matters and for someone to come and 'save us.' , I think the bigger picture is how can we inspire and support everyone to find their own inner Mandela. I also think we need to look at the separation between what people perceive to be politics/ politicians and 'everyday people' there seems to be an invisible barrier.

3 year(s) ago
Harry Gwynne 

Yeah I totally agree Mary, we do need to find our 'inner Mandela'. I think you've hit the nail exactly on the head there. Reads perfectly too, you should turn it into a mini article!!

3 year(s) ago
Patricia McGuane

I agree too and I think our "inner Mandela" is a lovely phrase.
Re: the invisible barrier between politics and ordinary people, I guess that is 3rd Chamber's mission!!

3 year(s) ago
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