From Canada's Municipal Magazine outlines "Landmines of Being a Mayor" in their article here:
It should be evident that the mayor is not elected to manage the municipality. This is not a position that one takes on because of vast experience in local government or in senior positions in industry or the public sector. A mayor, quite simply, is elected to lead. There are substantive differences
In my opinion Mayor Morris is not a leader, she's an autocrat.One wonders if she's taking leadership cues from our equally inept and control freak of a Prime Minister:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/stephenharper/article/868478–new-book-portrays-stephen-harper-s-control-fixation?bn=1 Picking a new leader is a tough job because leadership always comes down to action, not position. When tried the other way round disaster, like we have witnessed over the past 4 years, is the only possible outcome. So what do we need to be looking for? Bob Farell has an interesting leadership training video titled "The leadership pickle":
http://www.giveemthepickle.com/the_leadership_pickles.htm He breaks down 3 key qualities:
1.) Spreading ENTHUSIASM 2.) Inspire CONFIDENCE 3.) Demonstrate INTEGRITY If anything we have seen the complete opposite of these from our mayor and majority of council this term. Dan McCarthy has a great site where he discusses leadership and leadership development for building these skill sets:
http://www.greatleadershipbydan.com/ There are a lot of interesting discussion points to sort through here too. One quote I found most fitting was from W. H. Auden: "No person can be a great leader unless he takes genuine joy in the successes of those under him." Another video I found applicable was the April 2nd 2009 edition of TVO Agenda with Steve Paikin. The topic of the show was : "What makes a politician great". If you missed it you can watch it online here:
http://www.tvo.org/cfmx/tvoorg/theagenda/index.cfm?page_id=7&bpn=779466&ts=2009-04-02%2020:00:35.0 It was Mitch Hedberg once said that “Pickles are cucumbers that sold out.” When we're at the polls picking out our new leaders, lets make sure not to pick the one's who have so obviously sold-out our town for their own interests.