From an 'Opinion' column in today's Telegraph; Max Hastings (not wholly unfamiliar with the the military) and his opinion of IDS: "The Conservatives could have plucked anyone from the ranks of 10,000 not-very-successful former Army officers with reasonable table manners and that awful bit on his cv about "experience in managing men" and made him leader, with comparable results." Somehow very true, where leadership's concerned. I've had CVs from many a former born leader cross my desk, uniformly they've been compiled with the advice ringing in the writer's ears that having been awarded a stripe or pip or whatever the writer is somehow able to hypnotise the masses with personal charm, thereby compelling them to give their all in the name of the Company's Bottom Line. Although in general I think it's a good bet, it ain't always the case, and there've been one or two horror stories along the way. Anybody else?