James Larkin was born a leader. However, the kind of leadership that he was made for was not one of nations or cities. His was one of strikes and demonstrations.
Jim Larkin would organize people, and they would do as he asked them to. This is because he was respected and listened to. It is not an easy thing to organize several people and unite them under a common cause. However, this was Larkin’s specialty, and he did so to the best of his ability.
The first party that he became part of was called the Independent Labor Party. Jim Larkin was but a mere member of the union. The leaders respected each other and respected the members’ opinions and suggestions. This was overcome by the larger party that moved from Glasgow to Liverpool, NUDL.
The National Union of Dock Laborers had so far turned out to be a successful party. It had a structure of leadership, and leading such a union was prestigious, and after joining it and gaining the position of an organizer, James Larkin gained popularity and love so much that he wanted to lead NUDL.
However, being less than three years old in NUDL made the other leaders like James Sexton detest Jim’s aspirations. He was considered to be irrational and arrogant. Sexton, in particular, did not like James Larkin. This leadership issue made them disagree so much that James Larkin felt that he did not belong with the union. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/books/the-definitive-biography-of-big-jim-larkin-372254.html and http://www.rte.ie/centuryireland/index.php/articles/jim-larkin-released-from-prison
He, therefore, took it upon himself to organize workers in the name of NUDL, without the latter’s approval. Considering the fact that he was not liked by NUDL’s leaders, expelling him due to that was made way easier. He did not spend much more time with them.
Who would have known that Jim Larkin would turn out to be a good leader? Had he got a chance with NUDL, maybe many would have found out.
ITWGU experienced his good leadership, and he led the workers who had united without basing the union on the grounds of skills, to the freedom that they so much desired. James Larkin cannot be equaled by any of the trade unionists of his time.