During the last two years, Greek “leadership” in the person of George Papandreou delivered an unprecedented shock to the nation: chaotic thinking, chaotic doing, chaotic results. The Papandreou years put Greece firmly en route to final collapse and the prospect of decades of economic ruin, social unrest, and political upheaval.

The Papandreou disaster redefined the job description for future Greek leaders, who hopefully will emerge after the final exit of the present corrupt, inept, and criminally minded political system. Future Greek leaders must:

• genuinely protect and promote the sanctity of parliamentary democracy and free elections;

• swear an oath of allegiance to the Nation and the People of Greece and accept due punishment for breaking that oath;

• take pride in saluting the colors and assuming the lead during memorial days and national anniversaries;

• be subject to impeachment by parliament in cases of dereliction of duty;

• And provide parliament with a publicly available, detailed, annual financial statement regarding themselves and the members of their immediate families.

Above all other traits, future leaders must display confidence. Without it even the best government is condemned to fail. Again, the last two years in Greek politics highlighted grimly what fumbling, disjointed, target-less “leadership” can do to a country. And to build upon the sense of security that a leader with confidence can quickly establish, future Greek leadership need to reach to the most talented and best educated to man the ramparts.

Any success will hinge upon results of teamwork, which the leader must be able to organize and promote. Greece’s problems in the years to come will be unlike any others she has met during her existence since independence from the Ottomans. That is why leaders of the future will be required to have the ability to confer and negotiate successfully with a great variety of international actors and opposites, a major feat in itself.

Ultimately, the future Greek leader must have the innate dedication to the country and her people first and foremost and place all other priorities subordinate to that -- unlike the most recent and now retired (one hopes forever) prime minister, who consciously and by design placed Greece under foreign authority and effective occupation.
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