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LETTERS: Nunavut October 10, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Mad Mom’s concerned about leadership

“Leaders were able to speak up, take stands and help people to understand complex issues”

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What qualities should a real leader possess?
What qualities should a real leader possess?

Mad Mom here. What am I concerned about this time you ask?

It’s about leadership and these elections coming up Oct. 30.

In the old days, leaders were proclaimed by others. They were seen as strong, consistent, decisive people who could make decisions for the benefit of all.

Leaders never called themselves that. Instead, they were humble, in the eyes of everyone else, who recognized their ability.

Leaders were not afraid to keep the peace, insist on solidarity and unity and work out solutions to problems.

Leaders were not shy to bring up tough subjects, to say what had to be said and to tell people what they needed to know, not what they wanted to hear.

Leaders were seen as being fair, respectful of all people and willing to work with others to make situations better.

Leaders showed, by how they lived their lives, that they were courageous, resilient and wise.

Leaders were able to speak up, take stands and help people to understand complex issues, even back then.

A leader knows the people among them; they know who is suffering, who is grieving, who is hungry, who has dysfunction within their family and they strive to support those who are weaker, poorer or down.

They are unafraid to lead; they have a deep sense of what direction would be the best, how to achieve a goal, what has to be thought through first and what plan will benefit the most people.

We need leaders like this, working together to make things a lot better for others.

Leaders lead.

Mad Mom
Iqaluit

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(19) Comments:

#1. Posted by I hope on October 10, 2017

Mad Mom I hope your running for MLA you sure sound like you know how a leader should be, stop complaining and be THE solution.  Good luck to all hopefuls.

#2. Posted by Leaders step forward on October 10, 2017

#1 complaining?...no, the very opposite.  Look at Mad Mom telling of what Leaders’ role was in the old days, and the belief that those days are not gone with Leaders amongst us.

#3. Posted by Hope for what? on October 10, 2017

I remember,
    The old time leaders being exactly the same as the leaders of
today!
Whither it was housing or machines or well paying jobs, they favoured
their own families first, and completely ignored the true needs of the
people.
No wonder Nunavut is in such a sorry state as it is.

#4. Posted by Snow Dweller on October 10, 2017

Actually getting stuff done takes more than anonymous commentary. Get out there and run.

#5. Posted by knowledge of Inuit history on October 11, 2017

#3 the old days of Inuit Leaders did not live in housing, use machines or have well paying jobs.  Inuit Leaders of long ago were all that Mad Mom described.  One person or family did not get more than the other.  Needs were met.  No wonder the lack of Inuit history knowledge for many people are in a sorry state.

#6. Posted by eskimo joe on October 11, 2017

manual remington typewriter was a good tool it it’s time, but here’s the laptop. today’s political leaders must deals with today’s problem, things evolve. but I say diefenbaker was a little hard nose con prime minister in my day, now we have this loose goose today. a marcher with multiple colors…...

#7. Posted by No Dope on October 11, 2017

Leaders had no dope or other things to hide.  A lot of the community knew their dirty little secrets.  They also had no education. 

We need educated persons but the American kind.  Or many Canadians who abuse their powers.  We need those old men and woman who used to keep their kids straight and kept themselves straight.

#8. Posted by Putuguk on October 11, 2017

Elections are crucial, but we place far too much emphasis on them. Voting and getting a decent person in office is only the first step.

In consensus government, you have to be willing to share your opinion with your leader and discuss issues. In the end you have to get behind a decision that everyone wants to see happen.

Then you have to work hard to make that decision stick. Leaders need followers that change their actions based on what was decided.

There are some leaders with good ideas and many are running for election. Whether their followers are up to the task is the main question.

Democracy, especially Inuit style, is a ton of work, and it is not just rest on a leader’s shoulders. Inuit democracy is meant to be democracy on steroids. 

If any particular aspect a leader can have that would make them great, it is to engage, empower and activate the majority of people that have bowed out of civic affairs.

Just electing leaders with good characteristics solves nothing.

#9. Posted by Caledon on October 11, 2017

#5,
What time frame are you talking about?
    I think Mad Mom was talking about the last fifty years or so.
#3
  I agree with most of what you say,  nepotism has been around
Nunavut for many years as it has to all cultures on Earth.
  Rich and poor, happy and sad, lazy and industrious, such is the
way of humanity since ancient times,

#10. Posted by Leaders of long ago on October 11, 2017

#9 the 50 years before the last 50 years was passed down for Leaders to carry on.  Inuit Leaders of long ago were many, surviving together, sharing, standing strong, courageous, and humble.

#11. Posted by Reality Elder on October 11, 2017

A lot of good comments people!
I know of leaders from long ago, and from last week.
Some have been good and dependable.
Some have been bad and very self centered.
Of course all kinds in between.
Let us see what the future will bring.

#12. Posted by Things really better in the old days??? on October 12, 2017

“I think leaders were better in the old days, but have no evidence to prove it.”

Wow.  How does this stuff get published?!

#13. Posted by trust on October 12, 2017

#12 Elders know.

#14. Posted by iThink on October 12, 2017

#13 Are you sure they know or, maybe they just as prone to romanticizing the past as the rest of us. Maybe, maybe not. Either way times have definitely changed.

I would say that being a leader in government today is a lot more challenging than it has ever been. The expectations on leaders are enormous, some might say these make their jobs practically impossible. I think that’s true to a large degree.

There are more competing interests, ideas and ideologies now than there have ever been. Managing these well must be extremely difficult. And as societies grow, become larger and more complex this only increases the difficulty.

Look at comment #6; eskimo joe seems to be poking fun at our PM for marching in pride parades. But this is actually an important gesture toward social cohesion. Though some people don’t understand, and even resent the gesture (mostly out of fear and lack of understanding).

#15. Posted by stay focused on October 12, 2017

#14 How do you know your relatives even existed?  How do you understand your history or do you?

#16. Posted by Best before date on October 13, 2017

Just because they’re elders doesn’t mean that they’re the best ones to lead. People in their prime should lead our Territory. Not those has beens whose best before date has long been expired. We need progress yesterday, not depend on ‘leaders’ of the past who want us to remain in the dark ages.

#17. Posted by Childish Tantrums on October 13, 2017

So true #11,
  I saw a leader on T.V. criticizing white construction workers for getting
young Inuit women pregnant and that they should pay the women
compensation. Fair enough.
    About 3 weeks later at a public meeting a construction worker said
to her that she was a hypocrite as her own son had fathered over 20
children, and she should pay compensation to all the Inuit women
concerned. The worker was Inuit.
  She ran out of the hall in an angry tantrum.
Leadership! O.M.G.

#18. Posted by Inukshuk on October 13, 2017

Yes #17,
I saw that as well, for too long our leaders and social workers have
complained to Ottawa about Northern issues, but they will not do a
thing about it in their own communities.

#19. Posted by Mic Drop on October 16, 2017

#15 I know my relatives existed because I exist.

Thank you.

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