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Neue Zürcher Zeitung – Switzerland Should Select Political Leaders More Professionally

When it comes to choosing leaders politics could learn from business, according to Egon Zehnder’s Philippe Hertig quoted in the Swiss daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Hertig criticises the way Switzerland elects its federal councilors as “unprofessional”. “There is no job profile for federal councilors available in any part of the country,” notes Hertig. In his view, federal councilors should score well on three key criteria: relevant experience, leadership qualities and personality. “The job of federal councillor is far more demanding than it was 20 years ago,” warns Hertig. In his view, growing complexity and a faster pace are why the system needs to change.

Full story. Hansueli Schöchli: “Wie man Bundesräte wählen sollte” (“How Federal Councillors Should Be Elected“) in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (15 September 2017).

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