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Members of the Conservative caucus applaud Erin O'Toole after his address to the group during a meeting in Ottawa in June 2021. Beside O'Toole is Candice Bergen, the party’s new interim leader following O'Toole’s ouster. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Erin O'Toole’s ouster shows the impact of leadership selection rules

Regardless of a given leader’s shortcomings, in some instances structural elements may also significantly influence the fate of party leaders in Canada and abroad.
National Party interim leader Dr Shane Reti, flanked by colleagues, prepares to announce Judith Collins has been removed as party leader. GettyImages

As it selects a new leader, National needs to remember one thing – confidence doesn’t always equal competence

New Zealand’s National MPs are set to elect their fifth leader in just four years to take on Jacinda Ardern’s government. What “habits of the unsuccessful” should they avoid in their next leader?
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Seen to be green? Research reveals how environmental performance shapes public perceptions of our leaders

Alarmingly for the Morrison government, the public has well and truly registered its lack of action on climate change.
South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa faces a tricky time giving evidence about corruption. He wears two presidential hats: as head of the African National Congress, and the government. Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images

Risks and rewards for South African president as he takes the stand at corruption inquiry

Ramaphosa will be eager to communicate his position that no one should be above scrutiny and that all parts of society,should be examined by the Commission.

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