Pandemic proves that charisma alone doesn't cut it in leadership

27 June 2021 - 00:00 By Lindiwe Mazibuko

At the height of the US presidential election campaign in 2000 - a race between George W Bush and Al Gore - a Boston beer company, Samuel Adams, famously commissioned a national poll, asking US voters: "Which candidate would you rather sit down and have a beer with, Bush or Gore?" Bush won, 40% to 37% - even as he was behind in the country's electoral polling.

With this light-hearted publicity stunt - and after Bush eventually prevailed in the election - a new shorthand for what lay behind many US voters' presidential electoral choices was born...

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