The article refers to the issue of political leadership in the Republic of Malta after the National elections in April 2003.
The country is currently undergoing a process of transition. Whatever its form, transition leads to uncertainty of not knowing what the next step is, or how we will negotiate it. High on the political agenda is the process over political leadership. The debate is on and the outcome of the last general election is a major contributing factor. However, although the debate seems to be focused in one direction it is evident that it is having enormous pressures on the main political parties.
The nature of a leadership role has always been controversial however “for many in a leadership role [the debate is often distorted for] the role is not [necessarily] recognised” (Eales-White, 1993:82). Nevertheless it is argued here that in an era where globalisation is rapidly changing the social and economic environment, any leader anywhere “should have enough creativity to match the pace of change, adept at posing new questions rather than stockpiling old answers” (Adler 1993: 177).