"For 16 years, German chancellor Angela Merkel has guided her country through
wave after wave of uncertainty, from the 2008 global financial crisis to
Brexit, the imperative to drop fossil fuels, and of course the COVID pandemic.
Her leadership of the European Union’s largest economy has been described as
one of assurance and sure-handedness and an anchor amid stormy times, and she
has been called “the de facto leader of Europe”.
Merkel has outlasted seven Australian prime ministers, and there can be no
single explanation for her long stretch of success. However, her career and
training as a scientist presents useful insights.
As Merkel declines a fifth term and leaves her office this month, world
politics loses another scientist. In Australia we find ourselves wondering, yet
again: “Across all our politics – where are the scientists?”
Globally, there have been shining examples of scientists who have entered the
world of politics to great success. What are the qualities of scientists that
might make them powerful and effective leaders?"
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics