I ask how much, not what is political leadership. And I say political leadership, not administrators or civil servants. Political leadership, is priceless, I mean the good ones, the really good ones, not those gold plated stuff.
Leading a country needs leaders, to motivate the people, to challenge the people, to lead the people. The reverse, to demotivate the people, to tell them there is no hope, to look for better people elsewhere, now that is a different kind of leadership not in the text book on leadership yet.
Good political leaders are found to be everywhere, especially when there is a problem, a crisis. They may not do much. But they talk and they lead. And when they talk, people listen. People will make appointments with them when they will be appearing on TV, to make time to listen to them. Aspiring political leaders that cannot talk, or are dumb, should just remain as civil servants or administrators.
When people do not bother to listen when a political leader talks, he is finished. He has lost his leadership, or there was no leadership in the first place. There is even a lower category, I won’t call it leadership, when people try to listen but not for wisdom but for entertainment, to have a good laugh. That is tough to be called a leader.
How much is political leadership? Yes priceless. But a good political leader does not thrive for money and or constantly ask for money. They are in a way a bit silly, idealistic and selfless in a sense. It is a calling, a mission, to lead a people and a country for the good of everyone. His reward is his work and recognition that he is a good and respectable man, a good leader.
Do not let greedy people and pigs who are used to swim in a pond of swill to tell you political leaders need to be fed like pigs, to grow as fat as pigs. They are of the same kind, the same thing, out to defend their kind. We have better people that will make better leaders if the system allows them to step forward to serve without a plate of gold.