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Jakarta Post

Lessons of leadership: Why do our politicians fail?

  • Anand Khrisna

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 17 2009   /  08:59 am

In spite of their “purportedly” common vision toward a better and more livable world, our politicians have failed. Certainly not all of them were, or, are insincere. Nevertheless, they have failed to deliver. Today, we live in a more comfortable, but not a “better” world. Conflicts and wars are tearing us apart – whereas, peace and harmony remain issues for discussion among our elites. In his historic speech in Cairo on June 4 this year, President Obama spoke about the need to “have the courage to make a new beginning”.  Later, during the UN General Assembly on Sept. 23, he emphasized, “The time has come for the world to move in a new direction.”Interestingly, the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose speech was boycotted by many, also expressed hope for “a global community filled with justice, friendship, brotherhood and welfare”.Not long after, speakin...