As the UK government and opposition at Westminster display the competence of headless chickens in a crisis the world and his dog appears to have become experts on ‘Leadership’.
All sorts of opinions about who can lead and who can’t abound.
All sorts of statements about strong leadership abound.
All sorts of pleas for ‘Leadership’ through this crisis are voiced.
I am dismayed and astounded by the distinct abdication of responsibility being shown and the total incompetence in Westminster.
The 2015 World Economic Forum Outlook on The Global Agenda aimed to give a comprehensive overview of the world today, as well as an analysis of how it is expected to develop in the coming months. It outlines the nature of global trends, regional challenges, global leadership and governance, as well as the emerging issues that should be on the agendas of global leaders.
It states that
"global leadership crisis is a trend, which cuts across all the other issues
and it is rising sharply, from seventh to third place. The danger is that instead
of innovating and collaborating to tackle societal and economic challenges, nations and leaders will continue to retreat into isolationism, further exacerbated by nationalist rhetoric and a reversion to
old paradigms of geopolitical power-play. Today’s challenges require bold leadership and courage, and progress can only be achieved through enhanced cooperation between business, government, academia and civil society."
We need leaders in every area to be more inclusive, more collaborative and more open. Political divisiveness must be replaced with moral leadership that can build community and cooperation on a Global scale.
Our leaders cannot do that whilst they look inward and fight for power, putting their own ego ahead of the ‘health’ of the planet, of nations, of people.
Whilst the Parliamentary Labour Party plot and orchestrate, with the help of expensive PR companies, to get rid of Jeremy Corbyn, not only are they failing to listen to their members but they are failing to look at how the world is changing.
The 2015 World Economic Forum Outlook on The Global Agenda reported on major problems in the world
A year earlier The Survey on the Global Agenda 2014 reported that a staggering 58% didn’t have confidence in their political leaders not to abuse their positions in power.
The advice from the reports are that
“we need to foster a culture where people see integrity and empathy as key character traits, where talent can rise up. Then the power of ordinary people will grow, great things will happen, and great leaders will emerge.”
Looking across the water at the Obama administration demonstrates a key flaw of magnificent proportions. “Leaders are forced to play the game the way it’s built – which is inevitably in the interest of the system, and rarely in the interest of the people.”
We now need a leader who plays a different game.
We need a new kind of politics.
We need a leader who can cope with uncertainty, with volatility, with ambiguity and who responds with collaboration and consensus building to the complexities of our Globe.
In his first ten months in office Jeremy Corbyn did indeed respond with collaboration and concensus, bringing in to the heart of his shadow cabinet those with diametrically opposite views to his own.
Sadly many of the PLP have done nothing to show these same absolutely vital leadership traits.
- Indeed they have done nothing to respond to press accusations of “terrorist sympathizer”
- They did nothing to point out the need to listen to people in order to bring about peace.
- They have done nothing to counter the incessant media attacks
- They have done little to focus on the many failures of the Tory government.
- They have ignored the membership
- THEY have failed as leaders.
"If you ask the respondents to the Survey on the Global Agenda, there’s no ambiguity about the qualities that make for strong leadership. From the US to Europe and Asia, there’s an agreement that having a “global perspective” is the number one skill for any strong leader in 2015. “Collaboration” emerges as another key trait"
We need a new system.
We need a leader who has never played the establishment game and who has the resilience and strength to keep working at changing the system. Someone who cannot be bought or bullied.
Jeremy Corbyn brings all these characteristics