What qualities should we look for in a leader? Tamar, Leeds

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Above all, they must own a great ocean-going vessel, the attributes and advantages of which they proudly boast at every opportunity. Thus showcasing their exceptional leadership qualities. Secondly, in the event that a candidate appears to be extremely cheap to nominate (e.g. promising universal fanciful tax cuts, Brexit unicorns, bread and circuses to the people), one should expect what it turns out to be totally useless; being what we experts call a loss leader. there is no owl

I would have had a different answer even six years ago, but now I would say “no history of assault” would be an ambitious starting point, I know. Thomas1178

One who believes that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the 1%. JohnDeLondres

A leader trained in emotional intelligence would be a good start. q321gg8cla

Empathy, integrity, courage. MerseyMerseyMe

Compassion, honesty, intelligence, energy. And a dedication to democratic principles and the rule of law! TheBorderGuard

Honesty, modesty, truth and consideration for others. tortinwall

Integrity, compassion, focus, ability to think outside the box and see the opportunities and not the negatives. A desire to uplift people and support those who cannot. In fact the opposite of our current leaders. Elizabeth Moorehead

Someone impervious to the visible trappings of the ego! Louis Spritzer

Right now, I’d settle for an adult. lexicon_mistress

Judgment, judgment and judgment. The ability to make the right calls trumps everything.JohnPrice

I would also say, which is very important, judgment in choosing good advisors. No leader can know everything, choosing good advisers and listening to what they say is essential. Thomas1178

Someone who didn’t get a degree in PPE and entered politics as a rising career through the internal processes of a political party that has no control to weed out sociopaths, psychopaths and the narcissists. Someone with empathy, an altruist who will serve a nation without using the position to fuel their own pride. A wise and astute person of integrity and exceptional probity who can command the respect of the rulers of other nations. A person of speech. PlausibleDenier

Today’s world is incredibly complex and nuanced. A leader must be a person who can rely on those who have the qualification and expertise in the areas to which they have been delegated. A correct choice in this is essential. The general direction which is the responsibility of the leader. Beyond that is delegation. ronnewmexico

I think the first quality should be a reluctance to be the leader. The person who most desires the job, who yearns for the power of leadership, is probably the person most unsuited to the job. A leader is someone who puts people above politics or power. MiaSchu

Can you give an example? 2minors

All I invent is Frodo. Thomas1178

Captain America? Bhangbhangduk

Sam Vimes of course. Marine

Dan Biggar, Alun Wyn Jones, Sam Warburton are all examples. gborjones

Jorge Mario Bergoglio: first pope to choose for his papal name the humble champion of poor Saint Francis. His first public address from the balcony of St. Peter’s, he wore a white robe and his customary bronze cross, instead of the ermine-collared red number and gold cross of all recent popes. Later that year he stopped his mobile pope and kissed a leper in the crowd. Instead of the posh papal palatial digs, he chooses to live in the Vatican guest house! urbbchbm

The Man in the Hut from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Definitely still alive

Research by political psychologist and behavioral psychologist Karen Stenner has conclusively demonstrated that leadership emphasizing shared experience, goals, and “us” rather than “me” builds more stable and prosperous societies. This style of leadership also enables people to tolerate and accept nuanced messaging on more complex issues such as those involving funding, conflict, social tolerance, and accountability.

The same research shows how divisive leaders, pitting people against each other by pushing them to focus on “me” rather than “us”, sow widespread fear and vulnerability in populations, which undermines social cohesion. In particular, these leaders make the 30% of us who are less able to cope with the growing complexity of our lives more likely to elect those authoritarian leaders with simplistic, unachievable solutions – as we clearly see with Brexit and Trump. She describes this cohort as having an “authoritarian disposition.” Rachel Wood