Wednesday September 23, 2020

Hume’s lessons in leadership

John Hume’s integrity and political prowess have stood the test of time, and many of his principles and techniques could be usefully followed by leaders in any arena

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

9th August, 2020
Bill Clinton and John Hume: ‘Hume identified early on that the British government would always be naturally allied with the unionist community [and] that it was far more powerful than the Irish goverment . . . he made connections with US politicians to counterbalance that power’ Picture: Pacemaker

John Hume has been held up as an example to politicians around the world for his single-minded pursuit of peace. Some of the techniques he used were timeless and can be applied to day-to-day politics.

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