Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull celebrated the re-election of Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce this week by saying they have the old team back together again.
However, just the week before there was little cause for celebration as Deputy Premier of New South Wales and National Party leader in that State, John Barilaro called for Malcolm Turnbull to step down from the role.
He believed Mr Turnbull was not the leader the NLP coalition needed nor the country required, to lead its members and voters into a better future.
This was like Shane Warne speaking publicly about the role of the coach being simply to get the team from point A to point B when he was a member of the Australian Cricket team. Although he did say at the time, his comments were taken out of context.
In the PM’s case, a member of the LNP team, somewhat more “obscure”, according to George Brandis, than Warnie was to the Australian cricket team and public, spoke to an eager media personality, Alan Jones about the need for change at the top.
While this incident is specific to the LNP, there are numerous like events over the past 12 months and longer that signal this type of occurrence is endemic in all political parties.
As a voter and taxpayer, I expect those who have been elected to run the country or the State or to lead their respective parties to deliver on promises, to live up to expectations, and operate like a peak performing team.
I do not see this from any side of politics and have not for some years now.
In my experience, a peak performing team will:
- get results, and sustain these results over a long period of time
- demonstrate strong leadership throughout the team
- have leaders who stick to their values and principles which will put them at odds with people inside the team, and stakeholders out side the team
- include game changers and match winners like a Shane Warne, but who, when stepping outside team boundaries, are quickly pulled into line by his peers and the agreed team standards
- constantly seek to improve as individuals while collectively in pursuit of excellence
So in this current case of John Barilaro, the LNP if operating as a peak performance team would:
- Bring the PM, deputy PM, premier of NSW and relevant senior leaders of the LNP together to clearly understand:
- Why the event occurred
- How this issue should be handled internally now, and in the potential future
- Deliver a strong public message about what had happened, and what will be happening in the future
- John Barilaro to support this message and demonstrate his passion for his electorate, his State and country through his actions and behaviours
The Australian public simply want their parliamentary leaders to get on with doing their jobs to the best of their abilities. This means not being distracted by poor leadership and decision making to enable delivery of what Australians cherish about this country – security, health, jobs and the lifestyle that they support, climate, freedom, community pride, opportunity and mateships.
The two P’s, political parties and peak performance currently sit at either ends of a continuum.
We are looking to our leaders, especially our political leaders, to accelerate the alignment of the two P’s in order to provide this wonderful country, a future that is exciting and full of real prospects.
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