Leadership skills attract an unending stream of criticism and are often a source of speculation

Leadership skills attract an unending stream of criticism and are often a source of speculation. Different strategies are required to cope with the changes that this social climate requires. There is a constant hope that new leaders will emerge in time to recognize these social changes and to have the ability to do something about it. The financial crisis affecting world leaders needs forward thinkers to recognize the effect these financial problems are likely to have on social responsibility. Despite the crisis that has arisen within the financial world, there still seems to be the idea that, in the background somewhere, leaders are going to rise up to meet the challenges waiting to be thrust upon them and have the ability to guide the world out of the recession it has found itself in.

Leadership skills of those accountable for conducting those changes have come under intense and persistent examination from the media. They are interested in establishing what it is that makes a superior leader. The popular press focuses their attention on the critical roles that leaders play. They attempt to establish the characteristics that enable these leaders introduce and maintain successful changes. If we focus on the characteristics of these leaders and bring into play those drivers of change, would it be feasible to establish whether these leaders of change share similar characteristics. If this is the case, which characteristics, if any, are unique to specific roles?

Effective leadership skills look to the Bible for answers. Perhaps we could attempt to determine the characteristics that may help or hinder corporate interventions in those drivers of change that appear to be shaping events on the world stage?  Globalization, information and communication technology and climatic change will also be investigated. Can effective leadership skills be attributed to personal leadership practices? Does the pretext of leadership skills identify what personal attributes are exhibited from within the context of the Bible?

This article provides a just brief review of some of the key leadership concepts, taken within the context of the corporate world of today. It seeks to establish who we are in the present scheme of things and where events currently stand on the world stage. In today’s society it is clear that our leaders need to change, if we focus on the current leadership situation and today’s financial crisis. Have our leaders of today handled this critical issue in the most effective and appropriate manner, taking into account individual players on the World stage: the EU, US, UK, China, India and South Africa?

This article seeks to provoke a discussion about those countries’ response to a changing world as well as investigating the changes that have been forced through as opposed to planned change. Furthermore, this article introduces the concept of whether there is a link between today’s drivers for change, together with leadership challenge and a divine purpose to events that are shaping our world today. During subsequent articles there will be a discussion on the Bible as being the most appropriate leadership manual. The discussion will also show how the Bible can be used to shape our future leaders into making more appropriate change policies that could result in more beneficial events.

The information contained within this chapter is intended for leaders involved with influencing system-wide changes at corporate level. Information within this chapter is intended to be of value to those training potential leaders. It is intended for those arranging and carrying out training programs that are going to influence the leaders of change. The information in this chapter is also intended to shape the events that will change our futures. Finally, this chapter attempts to raise the awareness amongst individuals who promote corporate change in accordance with biblical principles. Clearly, this article has probably raised more questions than answers: however, subsequent articles will lead the way forward and lead the reader into questioning how well the Bible continues to fulfill the role of leadership manual into the 21st century and beyond.

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