Do we want our leaders to stay strong in a crisis, or do we want them to survive it?

Cassie Werber
Do we want our leaders to stay strong in a crisis, or do we want them to survive it?

Humans grew used to expecting, through a long global history of wars and turmoil, one principal quality from their leaders: Strength. Whether it’s a company in financial turmoil or a country in crisis we expect its leaders to be tireless in the pursuit of solutions, to be available at every moment of the day or night, and to always function at the highest level. Boris Johnson, the UK prime minister, is the highest-profile world leader to be suffering really serious consequences of contracting coronavirus.