I have a dream … that Hong Kong's next chief executive will be a woman

A female chief executive would have all the traits needed to take city to greater heights

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 May, 2014, 3:15am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 May, 2014, 3:15am

These days, there is a sense of an uneasy calm. Like being in the eye of a storm, we wait with bated breath for the government to reveal the outcome of its deliberations on the proposals submitted during the first round of consultations on electoral reform.

Whether the government can come up with an answer to bridge the bipolar political divide is anyone's guess.

But while we wait, we dream daring dreams. And I dream that Hong Kong's future chief executive is a woman - assuming there is no unreasonable screening out of candidates by sex or beauty.

These are unusual times. And unusual times call for unusual workplace skills, particularly for the chief executive's post.

Whoever wants that top job must go for it, tooth and nail, with unrelenting passion.

Women are known to be creatures of passion, burning passion. Look how women burnt their bras back in the sixties. They won their women's rights, didn't they?

With such passion for the top post, Hong Kong's first female chief executive should have no problem abiding by the Basic Law and the National People's Congress' dictum "to love country and love Hong Kong". She will love her country deeply.

Ironically, though, the deepest love of all is the courage to speak the truth and tell the country if it is behaving badly. So, it is entirely within the realms of possibility that she will tell her country where to get off.

To be a good leader, she must have good communication skills. Women are natural communicators and are perceived to have better linguistic skills than their male counterparts. A woman chief executive should be able to communicate with ease in Cantonese, English and Putonghua and swear with swagger in all three.

To measure up to the high standard of integrity set by her predecessors, she will be open to scrutiny and transparent with the media. She will not be caught lying about illegal structures, which incidentally include structural addenda like false eyelashes, fake bosoms, implants and such.

In these days of flash mobs and strident protests, the person to occupy the top post should have the agility of an acrobat and the adroitness of a contortionist.

What better creature than a woman to possess all these dexterous prerequisites to qualify for the top job? She will make decisions on the fly to counter any crisis and handle any unpleasant surprises.

Behind every successful man is a woman. So behind successful Hong Kong, there should be a woman chief executive who is a natural leader, leading from behind.

She may be teetering on stiletto heels, but we know she can be trusted to walk the talk.

She can also be trusted with our lives and money. No, on second thought, this might be trusting too much.

Elizabeth Wong Chien Chi-lien was secretary for health and welfare from 1990 to 1994 and a lawmaker from 1995 to 1997