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May 4, 2018 at 2:09 PM #750122
Municipal election time is nigh and it’s time to pick new leaders for the city of Ottawa or, in some cases, stay with the people already in office.
Many years ago the CEO of the company I worked for noted “a good leader surrounds himself / herself with good people who are strong in the areas in which he or she is not”. So a strong leader builds a good team. This leader also has final say on what policies will be implemented.
In my opinion a strong leader takes responsibility for his or her or the team’s actions if they fail (the leader did have final say, after all) and is prepared to accept the consequences. When the results of decisions do not turn out as planned or go poorly a strong leader does not look for someone to point his or her finger at.
Finally, a strong leader does not take credit for the work of others. (Note the list does not include whoever shakes most hands or uploads the cutest videos to You Tube.)
Is Jim Watson a strong leader?May 5, 2018 at 2:19 PM #750178
Simple answer – NO.
A leader does not rely on being a bully. A leader admits mistakes, apologizes , does not repeat them and goes completely out of the way to fix an error. A leader will also use as little b.s. as is possible ( a little white lie ain’t so bad – giant whoppers are entirely another matter).
ChazMay 5, 2018 at 11:29 PM #750183
Chaz. A good leader admits his or her mistakes for sure. Although I am not a fan of Jim Watson I do admire him for one thing. Prior to the last election he wanted to build a casino in the downtown area. This would have had a negative impact on the economy of Osgoode ward, the likely the closing of the racetrack and the existing slots gaming area (a shame since the building had just recently been upgraded), plus many jobs in the southernmost part of the city (part of the economy previously noted). Previous ward 20 councillor Doug Thompson lobbied hard on behalf of the existing racetrack and gaming salon, Jim backed off, and the this site now includes the racetrack, a new casino, and the soon-to-be Hardrock Café.May 6, 2018 at 2:14 PM #750203