Conversation Week - The Barbados Findings (2) - Who Will Lead?
posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 04:53 PM
‘A New ‘Brand’ of Leadership – The Humanitarian
The overwhelming theme which surrounded the Barbados Conversation Week 2008 discussion surrounding Leadership, was the placement of a new image of Leader for this modern era. Absolutely no referral was made to present images of leaders which are forceful or arbitrary in their actions.
The whole question of character pervaded this discussion and it was felt by the whole group that the leader must set the tone for his people by firstly setting the tone for himself by enforcing personal accountability.
Having strong self esteem was critical in the elaboration, as the actions seen as necessary of the new leader would require empowerment of people towards reducing dependency, and by extension fostering high self esteem among those for whom he has responsibility as well.
Setting and embracing of high quality and high performance (substance first, not just form) also came up as the present need.
Of great concern to the group was the present lack of emphasis on the range of skills that is needed for the proper function of society when macro-level decisions are being made. Thus a strong suggestion was made for leaders to demonstrate respect for the diversity of skills prevalent among people, and to consciously reduce any emphasis on classism.
Finally, the leadership was encouraged to respect all human beings and their need to be accepted as they are, towards creating cohesiveness among their people. The whole profile of the New Era leaders comes ‘down’ to coming alongside his people, having values as his choice basis and strongly leading by example.