Why PM Najib is such a great leader

Hazlan Zakaria

Modified 6 Jan 2017, 3:55 am

COMMENT Leadership is not always about having charisma, and the ability to deliver truly great speeches, like former Indonesian president Sukarno could.

Nor is it always about having intellectual wherewithal and caustic wit, to handle troublesome reporters' annoying questions, like ex-premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad did.

Sometimes, it is about making things happen without having to even talk about it, "effortlessly" by sheer force of will, or perhaps as some may contend, via the machinations of hordes of "little Napoleons", behind the scenes.

And that is why I believe that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is such a great leader, despite not having either Sukarno's charm or Mahathir's witty repertoire.

I am not saying that Najib suffers from a dearth of charm or wit, but to point out that he embodies this quality of effortless leadership, so effortlessly.

Like an emperor in new lightweight durable clothes, Najib strikes me like a true leader who glides before the rakyat without having to worry that anything thrown at him will stick.

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