I have just completed my doctoral research into a new paradigm for business leadership education for a post-WW2 world order.
I cast my research net wide to learn from the wisdoms of global
business and societal and political leaders from the developed and
developing worlds the answers to the Socratic questions: What kind of
future do we want? What kind of society will create this kind of future?
What kind of business does this kind of society need? What kind of
business leader does this kind of business need? Their synthesized
answers were challenged and enriched by the synthesized wisdoms of all
Nobel Laureates over the past decade.
To my surprise, the
global leaders and thinkers talk the ‘same language’ – all desiring and
working towards a common end Statement of Visions arising from their
- To deliver a world order of inclusive
globalisation (WOIG: that probable world order where human security in
the broadest sense has been assured, and where the bulk of humanity
benefits from globalisation).
- A society that finds its greatness in protecting both its humanity and its economy as a whole.
businesses (or enterprises) – robust across business cycles, with
global stewardship as their dominant raison d’être.
leaders with an ability to envision the WOIG, and then to lead thereto,
in an entrepreneurial and path-breaking manner while exerting leadership
qualities associated with the Golden Rule of Humanity (love for, and
reaching out to one’s neighbour – as enshrined by all world religions
and ethical traditions).
Unknowingly, all global leaders and thinkers call for a planetary
turn-around from a world order of destructive globalisation to a world
order of inclusive globalisation.
Can this be true?
Yes! Because it provides for a common way forward for humankind to
strive for the dream it carries within itself....a meaningful life in a
safe, clean, prosperous, sustainable environment with dignity and hope.
Yes, we can read headlines in our lifetime, such as:
- Regarding broad human security
- The USA’s carbon footprint reduced by 50%!
- The underworld economy reduced from 3rd largest to 30th largest global economy!
- Regarding the benefits of globalisation:
- The new global market of 3 billion people previously living on less than $2/day – flourishing!
- Africa, now a net exporter of food!
An oracle? No, we can deliver on humankind’s inner dream!
Yes, we can – if we reach out in love to each other, and reach outside ourselves for wisdom and courage!
University of South Africa’s Graduate School of Business Leadership