By Iain Patton, Director, Ethical Team
As the stories of the terrible atrocities in New Zealand ricochet across the world, a new political star has emerged whose influence and impact might yet influence future generations beyond the borders of this traditionally quiet commonwealth country. With many of the world’s economic models broken, trust and a loss of faith in global institutions and traditional authority figures have hit an all-time low according to the 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer. In this 21st-century chaos, New Zealand’s female premier stands out as a shining beacon of charismatic purpose-driven leadership.
It’s no surprise that the world is in a difficult place as inequalities between rich and poor continue to widen illustrated by an Oxfam report which found that 8 billionaires (middle-aged men) have the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of the world. In many countries as trust diminishes, politics has become fractured, and vacuums have been filled by tragic outcomes such as Brexit and the arrival of Trump. Alongside climate catastrophes, there is a growing feeling of pessimism about our global future and human destiny when children as young as eight start to mobilise and become climate activists to step in where governments have failed to act.
The world needs more feminine energy and female leaders to save it from destruction if we are led to believe that we only have 11 years left to stop irreversible climate change and reach the 17 UN Global Goals by 2030.
When you learn new things and understand what inclusion is then you can accomplish greater things together. When everyone is included, everyone wins. In fact, true leadership comes from creating social capital, cohesiveness and maintaining the fragile glue which binds society together in a functioning equilibrium.
Jacinda’s purpose-driven leadership started with compassion and empathy. It now unites a multi-denominational and multi-racial population by reiterating shared goals, beliefs and values that love conquers hate. She has overcome the odds to establish a concrete common ground and understanding amongst a diverse group of people. Leaders who follow the model of purpose-driven leadership believe deeply in a cause, which motivates their decision-making. Jacinda Ardern is a peace broker, dealmaker and visionary willing to act quickly for the common good and bring her nation along with her for the greater good. The world needs more leaders like Jacinda.
We need new leadership, and radical systems change globally because our booming global population and burgeoning middle classes are putting further strain on our diminishing resources. Radical transformation is not about economics although that is part of it. It’s about a shift in global belief systems to begin with and a consensus that the world is in peril and needs to set itself on a new paradigm – one that supports and respects all humanity as the building block to global prosperity. As the invasive species it’s accepted we might destroy our habitat, but then as the superior species, you would think we would have it in check by now. Jacinda is displaying the ethical leadership the world needs to recalibrate itself to become a safer, happier and healthier planet. It is leadership that is directed by respect for the ethical beliefs and values of others and for their dignity and rights although this should be equally adopted by all concerned as religion is often the cause of so many conflicts.
Ethical leadership is thus related to concepts such as trust, honesty, consideration, charisma, and fairness. As its Sunday when I write this, I have no doubt one of the most important commandments in the Christian faith would surely have its equivalent in all religions “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”. Probably this is a thought that should transcend all borders, races, cultures and languages to ensure we preserve our own habitat and leave a legacy for future generations that is worth living for!
By Iain Patton @EthicalTeam www.ethicalteam.com, who works with innovative businesses and global organisations whose stand-alone innovations campaigns, products or services focus on multiple aspects of our global system failure and provide business solutions that can be adopted now. Heart-led PR & Media Relations amplifying business for good and creating global conversations for action.