To reiterate: "I have not once said I agree or disagree with any suggestions that Ms. Wade may have personality or style shortcomings."
I worked for and with Nichola Wade for 10 years during my tenure in government and I agree with Jasmine's assessment of Nichola.
I have only the words in front of me to form an opinion. However, neither you nor Jasmine contribute any clarity with your diametrically opposed views.
Jasmine says; "Nichola Wade treats her staff and co-workers with care and respect. She genuinely cares for both the personal and professional lives of her staff in a way that I have not seen in either the public or private sector."
You say you agree with Jasmine but then go on to state: "The 'wrath' that Bob F refers to (secondhand) may stem from the fact that Nichola does not suffer fools nor those who coast in their 'secure' jobs in government. ..... I never tolerated it and neither did Nichola."
It's starting to look like Bob Fugger casts the tie-breaking vote.
Further, if the management style you so readily ascribe to Ms. Wade and yourself is correct, neither of you could have "inspired" those around you "to work as hard as they can". Meaningful behaviour modification in the workplace is not accomplished by cracking a whip.