Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Leadership Crisis--It must be Fixed

The world today is full of human generated crisis. One of the biggest crisis is that of leadership. The reason why elections were invented is so that the elected leaders can be in a position to lead in complex situation and find common paths for which progress should define the future of generations. The recent happenings show a world in flux where humans are unable to agree on matters of common sense. Times like these test elected and potential leaders from Members of parliament, local assemblies all the way to presidents.

During times of crisis and complexities, leadership requires resolve, compassion, and a deep commitment to a values system. Immediately a country abandons its value system, there is bound to be crisis led by leaders who are not defined by a common purpose for better management of challenges that face the course of humanity.

The recent happenings in the United Kingdom has showed us a taste of how global leaders act in the face of a crisis. At some point they abandon reason and common sense and return matters as sensitive as the exit from the European Union using superficial campaigns and outright lies. Immediately leaders use lies instead of facts to hoodwink a vote that favours their side, which is the beginning of the lack of democracy there in their system.

The world is in dire need of true leaders who are defined by a value system. That take care of the interests of their people beyond self. But it starts with citizens electing people who show the qualities of honesty and commitment.

The world needs and seeks people who can leading in principled ways that challenge paradigms that need to be challenged and who have the potential to inspire others to do the same. These paradigms are not the common sense that can be left to the masses. It requires wisdom, a thought process that looks into the future. How the decisions made today will positively impact onto our common future.

The world needs women and men who demonstrate the kind of leadership demanded by the challenges of the 21st century. Leaders who are innovative in addressing the challenges of today. Leaders who are imaginative and can navigate through complex situations and provide insights on how to resolve them. Leaders who are flexible enough to listen to the alternative voices of those who oppose them and readjust to ensure the best outcome for the common good. Leaders who are systems-based and can translate visions into actions and embed them into doable actions. Leaders who are risk-takers and are not afraid of trying new ideas. Finally Leaders who are ethical. It is only through ethics that shall we enrich the generations to come. Ethics passed on to the next generation.

Will you be that leader? It starts with you and me.

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