In journalism, the job that everyone aspires to is to be The Editor.
And yet, I have twice turned down an offer that would have given me that title.
Both times the offer was to be the editor of a South African news website, and both times I said no because I didn’t trust the person making the offer.
At least that’s what I told myself at the time. Thinking back on it now, I think that lack of trust was well-placed, but I also know that I feared the responsibility that such a post would bring. I wasn’t sure I was up to the job. I know my strengths and they are in operations rather than visionary leadership.