I've just read a crowdsourced spec of future chiefs over on LGC.
Do you know what I thought as I read down the list? I think I might know at the very very very least one of the people who will, in future, be a chief. And I know many more who don't think they will be or who don't want to be who I'd happily follow down assorted dead-ends and creeks.
When I think of the those people, I smile. Right now that's a really rare thing - and so is feeling hope for the future of local government as well all sit here and assume we will be nothing but commissioners and performance monitors in the near future. Maybe disaster can be aborted. Maybe we can slow this descent down, maybe we can have leaders who will change the world, who will inspire us, who we can have faith in, who we can trust and who will own up to failure, learn from it, and then move on.
Maybe we aren't at 'abandon all hope ye who enter here' quite yet. And if we are - well the people cited at the bottom of that article don't seem to think that those types of leaders cannot exist, so I guess I'll just go and find one and work for them instead.