The talented literary agent, Ed Victor, once wrote a book with an intriguing title: The Obvious Diet. He was trying to lose weight and he read various how-to-diet books with increasing disappointment. He was struck by something, well, obvious. Diet books are often ways of selling more food.
Gavin Esler is an award winning television and radio broadcaster, novelist and journalist. He is the author of five novels and two non-fiction books, The United States of Anger, and most recently Lessons from the Top. Over the past two decades Gavin Esler has interviewed numerous world leaders and reported from countries all over the world, earning him awards for his journalism. He is currently Chancellor of the University of Kent. Esler's full biography can be found on his biography page.
Gavin Esler's latest book is Lessons from the Top. Introducing the questions every leader must answer - and the elements that the best stories must contain - Esler explains how creating a leadership story can promote success at all levels, whether running for the United States presidency, or applying for a place at university. In the following video Esler talks about Lessons from the Top.
It cannot just be me who is thinking this, surely. But over the past few months and with increasing frequency I have been asking myself the same troubling question. World leaders and major political figures have often had delusions of grandeur.