There are differences between a leader and a boss, when I talk to bosses I feel the obligation to feel what they feel; when I talk to leaders, I get the feeling my feeling was felt.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
Leaders need to have a vision, a vision that is rational, reasonable, innovative, credible, clear, concrete, challenging, motivating, stimulating and reflective of the society's beliefs, values, and culture.
There may actually be no leadership at all, with a vision that goes against the public's interest and no one being inspired. This can cause serious problems in the long term.
The following charts show our financial situations till 2019, and that was what we had before the brutal global pandemic. Admit it or not, we were already over $4 billion in debt, or deficit, whichever you call it.
Between 2006 -- 2014, City's debt went up 166 per cent from $1.77 billion to $4.71 billion, City's per household debt went up 129 per cent from $4,392 to $10,055, compensated by property tax hike of each and every year with a total of 180 per cent from 1998 to 2019, even after 2014's economic downturn so that to pay off a small portion of our debt.
People are struggling, businesses shuttered, workers unemployed, homeowners overloaded with property tax, while our City Hall is still pursuing multibillion dollar projects relentlessly, spending hundreds of millions without the public's input. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Democracy is our very envy of the world, but we do not have the equivalent pride of accountability of our elected representatives. Without accountability, leadership becomes a slice of cheese in the garbage bin, and we found ourselves being misrepresented each time upon every single major issue.
The Mayor and the City Hall won every major spending projects against our will, rising taxes year after year disregard the hardships we are enduring, Councils senselessly voted 11-4 for a $300 million for nothing arena deal, 11-3 for SWBRT Phase 2 that costed tens of millions for nobody's interest, 12-3 for a Winter Olympic that may cost several billions plus overrun, and 14-1 for Green line with high risk of $10 billion cost upon Calgarians. Who was at the loser's side? Only a plebiscite was able to tell one and that was us, the majority of Calgarians. In the SWBRT Phase 2 case, the loser was ironically the three Councils with the highest Public Interest Standing Index including the one representing all the 12 directly affected communities, and the rest of us who ultimately paid the bill.
Democracy is not only the right to make the wrong choice, but also the right to replace the wrong through a binding plebiscite, some of which is called election. We must act today in order to preserve our tomorrow, and let there be no misunderstanding, we are going to begin to act. Our problem is not being that anybody or any business in our city is undertaxed, it's the government is overfit. In this present crisis, our city hall is not the solution to our problem, it is the problem.
For candidates willing to being accountable, promises made need to be reasonable, logical and in the best interest of the public, more importantly, promises need to be in plain simple words with no decorating adjectives so that to be understandable and countable. As a scientist, I always find adjectives kind of worse than meaningless and that they very often be misleading, and that is why I would prefer to assign values to whatever under my assessment, things like Council's Spending Index, Risk Index, Public Interest Standing Index, Accountability Index and Public Trust & Confidence Index.
When we face a crisis like today, the promise of being a good listener becomes quite a signal of incompetence, we need a doer, a problem solver, a brave accountable leader who can lead us beat the crisis, not aiming at the very long future in the looming crystal ball, but at the very tomorrow of all of us, nobody is going to be left behind.