Aug 22, 2006

Dr Mahathir Outlines Qualities Of A Leader

I wonder whether Pak Lah possesses all the necessary qualities to be a leader as mentioned by Tun Mahathir.

Extracted from BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 (Bernama) -- After being in power for 22 years, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today outlined the qualities which a leader should have.

"A leader must know what his followers want. He must have the desire to succeed. He too must be innovative and not just do what others want him to do. Although he must be able to fulfill the desires of his followers, he must have a long-term strategy on how to achieve certain goals and aims," he said.

Mahathir, who stepped down three years ago after becoming the country's fourth prime minister in 1981, was answering a question from the floor after delivering a keynote address at the 35th International Federation of Training and Development Organisations (IFTDO) World Conference and Exhibition 2006 on Training and Development here.

He said a leader should also be experienced and have knowledge of several things and "if a mistake is made, it's still all right, it can be corrected but he should not repeat the mistake again and again. If he does it, then he is not a good leader".

"But if you ask your followers 'what do you want me to do', then you are not a leader but a mere follower...the leader here would be the follower as it is his idea that is implemented.

"A leader should also be someone who can self-evaluate and for this purpose you can't get someone else to evaluate for you...these are just some qualities needed to be a leader," he said.


Excerpt from MalaysiaKini
Asked later if his speech was in reference to his successor Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his Oxford graduate son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin, Mahathir replied with a broad smile: “I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know...”

Mahathir has been crossing swords with the current administration over certain decisions, namely the scrapping of the half bridge project.

The former premier has also questioned Khairy’s influence over Abdullah, while other critics have labelled the 31-year-old Umno Youth deputy chief as the country’s de facto prime minister.

Both Abdullah and Khairy have denied the allegation.

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