Icons is an exciting series that looks at people whose impact is still felt in the world even today. A dear friend and I got talking after having watched the first episode, that talks about world leaders.
It was an interesting chat and what I realised is, a leader who can inspire people during a crisis may not be the same as one who is required to run the country during peacetime. For example, Churchill was a great orator and was able to rally people from across the class and creed to come together during wartime; but failed to deliver as a Prime Minister post-war.
Was the genius of Gandhi? He recognised this shortcoming. He inspired people of India to stage the non-violent movement which helped to end the British rule, but never wanted to be the first Prime Minister of independent India.
Maybe you need a problem solver, or a fixer, who can work the machinery that runs the Government. One who is able to juggle and balance the party difference and yet deliver on the shared goals. This skill set is different to what is needed to rally masses and inspire people.
Today, we do have a Prime Minister in Theresa May but lack a leader; who can inspire people and parties to come together on the issue of Brexit. The time calls for someone like Churchill.
The same episode of Icons mentions FDR who is counter to what I have just laid out. He was able to lead the country during the Great Depression, World War II and also delivered in time of peace and progression.
Mostly though, the skills set is different, and it is rare to find these in the same person, but as everything not impossible.