We repeatedly hear that what the NHS needs is leaders that inspire their staff, that there are only a few made of the right stuff, that the task is immense and requires someone special.
We are encouraged to identify these “special ones” who have made a real difference and regard them as heroes.
Would it not be better to demonstrate a little more maturity, to draw from experience and without becoming disillusioned or cynical recognise that leaders make mistakes that they have weaknesses as well as strengths, that we can have leaders at every level in the organisation as long as they have skill, integrity and a willingness to listen.
The young may need their heroes but the rest of us should be wise enough to set our expectations at a more realistic level, competent leadership.
Blair McPherson form director of community services, author and bloggerwww.blairmcpherson.co.uk