The problem with leadership

images (171)In the same week that Douglas Carswell has been filmed and interviewing calling for a change at the helm of UKIP, the Charity Commission has published a paper arguing that organisations (Charities in their case) must avoid allowing a dominant individual from overpowering the rest of the board (or Trustees). This advice is not new or radical. However the way in which organisations make decisions has been shown consistently to be improved by a pluralistic and diverse group of people. This is a particular challenge in settings such as democratic politics where all commentators want to see a strong voice and clear set of views often on the hoof, the very antithesis of how a good team makes its decisions. This is why politicians look so lame when they prevaricate if asked questions that they could not have been expected to be asked. On the other hand when they fail to answer questions where they should have an agreed point of view, they deserve to be castigated. My own view is that UKIP will need to see a full and proper change at the top if it  is to extend its role. However persuading Nigel Farage to let go of the tiller is likely to be a bloody affair and it may actually lead to the end of UKIP in its current form.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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