I recently saw this news piece featuring Boris Johnson – the charismatic and likeable Mayor of London. The story references a recent British poll, which showed that Brits would prefer to have Boris Johnson as their Prime Minister than David Cameron.
Considering it’s unclear what Johnson’s policies would be if he were the British PM, it seems that many people look to personality and character alone when assessing whether someone would be a suitable leader.
Questions for discussion
How important do you think charisma and personality are in being a good leader? Just by watching the above video, what personality traits do you think people recognise in Boris Johnson that make them think he would be a good leader? What character traits are required to perform well in a leadership role?
Take a look at Chapter 9, pages 248-254 for more information about leadership skills and personality types.