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[rpd] Board Election 2017: Final Candidate Slate

Ish Sookun ish at
Mon May 22 09:58:05 UTC 2017

Hi Badru, Sander,

On 21/05/17 13:25, Badru Ntege wrote:
> If I may a good academic foundation has globaly been accepted as basis
> for LEADERSHIP.  It is critical for people who aspire for leadership
> roles to have the necessary academic discipline.

I do not agree.

What do you mean by globally accepted? Anything to support that.

On 22/05/17 03:14, Sander Steffann wrote:
> I'm sorry, but there is a huge difference between academic achievement and leadership skills. Many people with great academic achievements are horrible leaders, and many good leaders have no academic background. Good leaders usually are willing to learn, but stating that formal learning is globally accepted as being critical for leadership capabilities is far fetched.

Yes. I agree.

When I mentioned about technical capabilities I wasn't referring to
academic. A contributor could express his opinion or idea and the same
would reflect the person's technical know-how.

On the other hand leadership skill is not synonymous to affiliation with
one or more groups. A person could be affiliated with several groups and
have no leadership skill at all. In fact, a person being in a lot of
groups at one time could have his time sparsely distributed in those

Do the affiliations of the candidates tell anything about their
leadership skill? I doubt so.

Do their activities tell anything about leadership? We could argue on
that. It cannot be easily verified whether the candidates had
significant contribution in those activities.


Ish Sookun

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