Is there a “leadership crisis” in the world today? Recently I was criticized by an editor for saying that the “leadership crisis” is alive and thriving. James McGregor Burns the Pulitzer Prize winning author of the book Leadership (1978) coined this phrase 30 years ago and according to this expert editor the subject has been discussed thoroughly and is old hat.
Old hat? I am not sure what he meant by this or how he rates today’s leaders and the status of leadership in our country and the world. The President of the United States has an approval rating in the high 20s, his Vice President ratings is in the low teens and Congress is even lower. The leaders in the Middle East, Africa, Pakistan and China aren’t faring a lot better. Our institutions religious, business, government and even sports all have been shaken by scandals. The US dollar is in the toilet, our national debt is approaching $10 trillion (it has almost doubled in the last 7 years) and the price of oil is breaking records everyday (yesterday it was 6 times higher than when Bush took office). If there isn’t a crisis of leadership we certainly have more than our share of bad leadership.
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