Over the summer I read memoirs written by the so-called “Third Man” of New Labour, Peter Mandleson. I found him an engaging writer. And I enjoyed reflecting on what we can learn as leaders from politicians. Some matters are clearly “natural revelation,” if we can learn from the ant according to the wisdom of Proverbs, surely we can learn from people too. Long-term readers of my blog will not be surprised that my impression of Gordon Brown after reading those memoirs was not made any better. There is much more that I could say about that, but suffice it to say that knowing your place and role in life and being content with that is a precious gift that many do not have. Too many “No. 2” or even “No. 3.” leaders strive for their own turn at the top of the pyramid. Sometimes when you get there, it is much harder than you ever realized, and you discover that you were never really meant to hold such an office. More and more I am convinced that none of us should strive for position, but rely instead on our Lord’s direction as to where we are meant to serve and how.
I have now started reading Tony Blair’s memoirs as well for a different perspective. There is a fascinating key quotes article from the BBC if you are interested in more information.