Crisis is the clear absence of leadership

There may be a huge debate about the leader of the World. According to the Oxford online dictionary ‘‘The person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country’’ is the leader. For me, leader needs to have the quality and skills to tackle and resolve the problems without any or minimum loss. It is clear that the leaders who are working in a limited territory with certain interest can not lead the World. Because they have their own interest that contradict to others. Due to the narrow mindset, they can not offer wide hope for all. Sometimes they are even guided by the selfishness and stupid internal ego. So, such kind of personality are just leading part of the world, never be an unanimous.

The World is facing the biggest ever humanitarian crisis since WWII but the international community response has fallen far short of what is needed. Inequality is intolerable, which is due to the products of globalisation, also known as the Washington consensus or neoliberalism. Corruption, terrorism and mistrust is at their peak. The crisis is seeking a leadership to identify the problem and motivate all stakeholders to implement the best solution so that harmony will be back. Politics of blame and tug-of-words are going on. None of the countries show the honesty to accept  responsibility for the mistakes. Feeling of ‘sorry’ is the humble and remarkable behaviour of human beings but it is rare in practical life. It seems that there are preachers everywhere without followers.

Let’s pick achievements up with some facts and sayings. According to the new report of Oxfam the planet where the 85 richest people own the same wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest. There is still lack of cooperation to utilise natural the resources e.g. Nepal has 83,000 MW hydro-power potential3, which hasn’t been tapped yet; apparently because of mistrust between the stakeholders.

Image: Sustainability Public Lecture – 1 May,2014, University of Bath, UK
Image: Sustainability Public Lecture – 1 May, 2014, University of Bath, UK

Similarly, the U.N. refugee chief Antonio Guterres told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly “Unfortunately only when the poor enter the halls of the rich, do the rich notice that the poor exist,”. According to the UNHCR ‘‘This is the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era and millions of children, women and men are now facing a bitter winter ahead …. So far this year, over 800,000 people have arrived in Europe by sea and land and another 15 million have been forced to flee across the Middle East.’’ These facts are telling truth that there is something wrong going on the planet but no one is taking responsibility for that.

Let’s consider the role of leadership to short out the problems. A leader should be far sighted and able to bring hope and positive transformation in the life. United Nation is the leader of the nations but fails to fill up the hope in many countries in the World. If the UN had done its job properly, humanitarian crisis would not have surfaced. They are not able to show the courage of working freely for all. The problems are created by the states directly or indirectly. So, I think there is a desperate need of leadership to lead the world in line with fair share which would ultimately be beneficial for all. Leadership is always above the self interest.

Feeling of ‘sorry’ is the humble and remarkable behaviour of human beings but it is rare in practical life. It seems that there are preachers everywhere without followers.

Leaders always listen, motivate, understand, communicate and encourage all. They are patient and positive. The World is more victimised by corruption. Corruption is the root cause of poverty, inequality, terrorism, human trafficking, money laundering, unaccountability, disorder and so on. According to Amnesty International ‘‘Patrons may use secret companies and transfer funds illegally in order to support organised crime and terrorist groups.’’ Hence, corruption undermines the development, state authority and its institutions, leaving a weak state with potentially more space for insurgents to operate. Leaders also feel the cost of corruption, but they pay in the currency of losing the trust of their citizens. According to UN Office of Drugs and crime, every year in the world $1 trillion are paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption – a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global GDP. So dealing terrorism by leaving corruption as it is or giving less priority is lack of understanding. Everything comes under control and in order if there is no corruption. I think corruption must be dealt with high and urgent priority if we really need peace and harmony but unfortunately some ‘vested interest’ may not be fulfilled at a zero level of corruption.

Both state and nonstate parties are putting oil in the fire, meaning all parties are working through the egoism in the name of peace and harmony which is really destroying the humanities. When parties are unable to reach the agreement, then it ultimately leads to a war. Question is have they explored all possible alternatives to avoid the war or they just pretended the agreement ? History says any war that occurred were simply due to results of ego.  Because they would believe on realism. Realists believe that the international system is governed by anarchy  but liberal thinking argues that international institutions can allow nations to successfully cooperate in the international system.

There are many ways to seek the best solution for a problems. If the dialogue is transparent without hidden agenda and every participants are free to put forward their concern then definitely some real things can be achieved but if the meeting is organised just to approved ‘hidden agenda’ then conflict will not be resolved.

Alternatives are taken for the best solution of the problem. Who doesn’t see or let the alternatives are arrogant, selfish and harmful to the society. Those kind of of people pose the similar nature of tyrant. They spoil democracy, human rights and justice. Since majority of the people are suffering from the decisions and simultaneously they are opposing but few who hold the power to take a decision plead they are right although the results in the hand are wrong.

To be a good place, the world needs to be humanitarian by adopting natural and humanitarian alternatives. I think we have to seek the alternatives which explore the development around humanism, which is less competitive and more conducive. People’s life today is too miserable due to scarcity for hand to mouth and on the other hand technology. I think there is huge potentiality of sustainable humanitarian development which was, is and will be always possible, has not been explored yet. Whatever the socalled development we have in our hand is not fair and enough. Let’s remember a quote from former US President Jimmy Carter ‘‘Globalization, as defined by rich people like us, is a very nice thing… you are talking about the Internet, you are talking about cell phones, you are talking about computers. This doesn’t affect two-thirds of the people of the world.” Jimmy Carter. Similarly, Nobel prize laureate Prof Joseph E. Stiglitz says ‘’Much of the inequality that exists today is a result of government policy, both what the government does and what it doesn’t do.”

So, Leader are the synonymous of hope. Leadership should always above the self interest. Leader should be far sighted and able to bring hope and positive transformation in the life. But today humanity is jeopardised and problems are dealt with ‘power’ although it is called liberalism. Democracy and human right are misused and defined in line with self interest. Due to what more money is invested in defence and security rather than education and health. The World without hope is useless. leader deserve the quality and skills to tackle and resolve the problems without any or minimum loss. finally the Crisis is the absence of leadership.

©Jesi, 2015

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    1. Thank you for the visit and words on my blog. I already visited your site and had a read the post that was interesting ! Is that a case of corruption or dominantion ?

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