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Pilots and doctors are tested for competence: Why not leaders too?

from Psychology Today

Want to work as a pilot, lawyer or doctor? You'll need to study hard for years and then pass a tough exam. It makes sense to make it hard to enter these professions — lives are at stake. Plus, the bodies of knowledge in these professions have been largely agreed upon, and there are ways to test for competence. Want to be political leader? You might have to go to a university, but there's no need to have studied the field of leadership. A 'bachelors of whatever'will do. And there's certainly no exam to pass. Instead, the requirements for entry into politics are good looks, political connections and a whole lot of money. Can't hold a knife steady? You'll never make it into an operating theater. Can't make a complex decision under pressure? No problem, have a tilt at leading a nation.The trouble is, political decisions also put lives at stake, generally in massive numbers. more


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