Clarity is not enough.
When Paul Martin was our prime minister, he was dubbed Mr Dithers by the media because he would not, it was claimed, make a straightforward statement. Now, we've got a guy who made a straightforward statement about the middle east. Everyone here was flabbergasted, especially the media. But, you know what? I've yet to hear anyone on TV call him a good leader. Instead, his bluntness is seen as a sign of ignorance.
A Leader Needs Nuance
I think he made his famous statement on a Thursday. On Sunday, he was in St Petersburg for the G8 conference. The talking heads kept saying that he's learned his lesson now. He had no diplomatic experience when he took office and made too bold a remark. But, surrounded by the wise Europeans, he's backing off in favour of a more nuanced view. But, no, on Monday morning, the headline in the Globe was "Harper Refuses To Budge."
And has to agree with you
Again, no one was impressed by Harper's clarity or ability to stand firm in the face of pressure. So, the key issue when most people talk about leadership seems to be: Does the leader agree with me? If the answer is yes, he's a good leader. If the answer is no, he's not. It's just that simple.