Five leadership lessons from Christy Clark’s surprise victory by Brent Jang at Globe & Mail on 17 May 2013.

The author provides five leadership lessons from the recent British Columbia election, including:

  1. Lesson 1: Deliver a consistent message about the future
  2. Lesson 2: Don’t shy away from being realistic
  3. Lesson 3: Be realistic about the short-term
  4. Lesson 4: But don’t shy away from long-term ambition
  5. Lesson 5: Go retail

I can accept all lessons except for #2. Aside from the part where the title doesn’t match the content, I fundamentally disagree that a negative approach in campaigning  is a “lesson” for others to emulate.  The author may think that this tactic was effective in this election, and he may even be right, but it is NOT leadership.

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