Answer: Virtuous Leadership.
Does this surprise you?
Whether it is in the (natural) resource-rich or resource-poor countries, this answer applies. It is not just leadership. The absence of virtuous (character-centred) leadership is most debilitating for the world. That’s why, in my upcoming book – Audacity of Leading Right, I shared in Timothy Clark’s argument that:
[Leadership’s] absence is the pandemic of our time. We don’t need more smart people. We have plenty of those. It’s a poverty of principle we face, a crisis of character… How tragic to leave a landfill when you can leave a legacy.” (The Leadership Test…, 2009).
Today, more than ever before in the history of humankind, the character-centred leadership question has become a matter of keeping a date with destiny. It is the difference maker between compromised destinies and fulfilled destinies. Individuals, organisations, communities or nations that fail to grapple with it, do so at their own peril.
Ordinarily, leadership has an awesome destiny-changing power. Take the example of a thousand lions following a lamb as their arrowhead. They would always be defeated by only a hundred lambs led by one lion. There is more to this lion metaphor. When it comes to deploying a character-centred leadership so as to post a flourishing destiny in a corrupt world, it is the audacity of a fearless, ferocious and fervent lion that can sustain such deployment.
Our world is already on the brink of collapsing from the crisis of character (ala moral decadence). It’s real leadership time.
What are your thoughts?