Actually this could apply to all humanity, but the way leaders misbehave and then are defended made me think of it.
Leaders are defended by their followers when they behave badly.
- ‘You don’t know what he’s really like.’
- ‘Yes, she does take some liberties, but look at all the good she accomplishes.’
- ‘He has a very focussed personality. You mustn’t take it the wrong way.’
- ‘She was tired.’
- et cetera, ad nauseum.
So, the test: Would I find the behaviour of this leader acceptable if my five year-old behaved in a equivalent way with their friends?
If it is not acceptable for your five year-old, why should your leader get a pass? If anyone can find an exception to that test, I will draw them a comic of that exception and become a wiser man.
17 June 2012