Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What is the impact of poverty on leadership? What is the place of means in leadership? When we have bad leadership because of poverty, who is to blame

What is the impact of poverty on leadership? What is the place of means in leadership? When we have bad leadership because of poverty, do we blame leadership, poverty, or both? A hungry leader is an angry leader…
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  1. My Quote:

    "True leader know his capabilities from very begining and exhibit it later in crisis times."

    so definitely poverty doesnot have any impact on leadership and neither poverty nor leadership has to take blame both are means and ways to get success.

    Arti Dhar Koul

  2. A hungry leader can be an angry leader. This should change within one generation - their non-hungry kids can be better leaders. There are always exceptions, however.

  3. Poverty directly affects how you see power. If you are poor, the you see power as a threat to your survival unless you have it. You live in conflict with power and those with power. Leadership ( especially in Africa) tends to either fear the poor or look to placate them to hide the issues behind WHY they are poor. Leadership is is a symptom of a cause, but not the only reason for poverty, lack of education, high infant mortality, corruption, lack of resources, and cultural factors all have their place in the mix.

    It takes a morally grounded leader willing to address poverty in an open way, without fear and in the face of pressure from lobbies and constituencies to enact real change on poverty. So long as Foreign Aid flows unchecked, leaders will not have any incentive to really work on the needed changes to end poverty. If the money is free and easy to get, why change?

  4. Poverty impacts the effectiveness of the leader by limiting resources and perhaps even roadblocks that are too massive to move. Thus a leader must be agile and work with the tools he has today to try and build a better future. To often we look for someone to blame, environment, leaders, even opposition to our ways of life as the problem. But in reality, the true issue is timing and ourself. Everything moves in cycles and waves, if your in poverty today, I bet no matter where you are now, at sometime in the past that was a good area and it had money. A hungry leader or an angry leader are still people led by emotions, a true leader has self control and can use their feelings and motivations to help them succeed. You see, all leaders are responsible to improve those entrusted to their care, private/public the same. The role of the leader is to improve the lifestyle and to build a robust system for tomorrow's leader to step into.

    Why must we play the blame game, instead, look inside ourselves and see what we can do to put others before ourself. To carry more about the greater good than getting for ourself.

  5. The bottom line is that we are all in this together. We compete because we can not trust just anyone. So we should choose sides carefully. There is a way to compete that produces a perfect society... where there is a will there is a way.