A Tale of Two Cities

Two mayors. Two disasters. Different results.

What should we expect from leaders? At minimum we want leaders who can get things done, rally the people, motivate staff, resolve conflict, protect the public, manage finances and communicate a vision. We also want leaders who are honest, ethical, and can set an example for others. Some people would comment that leadership is all about character, but we tend to end up with “characters” in public office — flawed, vain, arrogant, self-serving and a bit dodgy.

“Premier Dad”, Ontario’s own Dalton McGuinty, has left office in a haze of scandal over gas plants. President Obama, first elected on a promise of hope and change, is now in his second term, facing allegations of spying on his fellow citizens, seizing the phone records of respected news organizations and instructing the IRS to audit right-wing groups. The recent Rob Ford scandal has been sandwiched between stories of illegal expense claims by Senators Duffy and Wallin, and a $90,000 personal cheque cut by the recently resigned Harper Chief of Staff — Nigel Wright. And the list goes on.

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Jack Muskat, Ph.D.
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Jack Muskat, PhD
Jack Muskat, Ph.D., is a Toronto based organizational psychologist, writer and lecturer with over 25 years consulting and business experience with individuals and organizations. He advises senior executives and managers around selection and developmental planning. Dr. Muskat is an acknowledged expert on issues relating to organizational culture and leadership, succession planning and strategic management. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Schulich School of Business where he teaches courses on leadership and negotiation to second year MBA students.