What do we need from the leaders of rugby league?
After years if taking part in forums, listening to reading views on the way the game is run
I get the impression that many people aren't interested in what rugby league needs in terms if leadership and decision making rather than what they personally want, what suits them, or fits exactly into their own ideas.
I think we need leaders who can plan for a future that means the game is bigger than it is now: standing still or contracting is not an option. They need to have the ability to make that plan work. There is a strong likelihood that decisions would be made within such a plan that wouldn't suit me: that's just fine.
I think we need leaders of stature who are held in high regard outside the sport...that isn't to say that other sports have such people: I don't think they do to be honest, but they can get away with it.
Of all major sports rugby league has been dealt with the weakest hand because of its history and because of the struggle between progressives and reactionaries: on the whole the progressives have come out on top: that's why we don't play a form off rugby union, that's why against strong opposition from the reactionaries the cup final went to wembley and there are many more examples. We need leaders who can play that hand, and who have the moral strength to fight off the forces if reaction.
I don't know whether rugby league has that leadership in place because like everybody else on here I don't really know what goes on, although richard Lewis was an excellent front man.
Edited by John Drake, 24 June 2013 - 11:22 AM.