Some sit and pontificate about whether leaders are made or born. Enda, as a true leader, ignores such arguments and instead has concentrated on developing the leadership qualities necessary for Ireland’s success. The leadership qualities that people look for in a leader are:
And Enda has all these in abundance.
He is honest to a fault. Some say he is too honest to be a politician but Enda is fast consigning that hoary old cliche to history’s dustbin.
He is forward looking. He knew Ireland needed a plan and instead of cobbling together a series of aspirations he produced an utterly brilliant, yet simple, 5-point plan that points the way forward and upwards for this badly-wounded nation.
He is competent. Some would say he is more than competent. For a leader to demonstrate that they are competent, it isn’t enough to just avoid displaying incompetency. When people were confused over the Roscommon spat Enda cleared up the confusion forthwith and people are now able to look at his immediate reaction and think, “that just goes to show why he is the one in charge of Fine Gael AND of the country”. These moments of confusion around Enda will, of course be infrequent, but it’s likely that his decisiveness and demonstrations of competency will help boost even more his leadership ability.
Like the other traits, it isn’t enough for a leader to be competent. They must demonstrate competency in a way that people notice. This can be a delicate balance. There is a danger of drawing too much attention to yourself in a way that makes the leader seem arrogant. And Enda has never being one to show arrogance of any kind. Nor is he one to “toot his own horn without blowing it”. The Roscommon spat is, though one are where he should ‘toot his own horn‘. He did promise equal access to health care for everyone and, barely 4 months into his stewardship, ALL the people of Roscommon now have equal access to health care in Galway.
Enda is unarguably the most inspiring leader Ireland has elected, going into the second decade of this century – just his simple, yet telling, phrase: “” Paddy likes to know the story “” is evidence of that inspirational quality. A phrase that is both inclusive and profound.
Enda is unarguably the most intelligent Taoiseach we’ve had this century. His performances in the General Election debates proves this – not even Vincent Browne could ruffle his integrity.
Enda Kenny – A leader for our times. Watchful, Alert, Far seeing, Intelligent, Inspiring.