Why values-based leadership?
Values-based leadership is grounded in the belief that people live and work and prosper through relationships of respect, trust and co-operation. The most important energy source in the world is not the oil or electricity that drive our industries and support our life styles, but rather the power of human relationships. When these are focused on service and concern for others, they become an unstoppable force for good. It is also very important to note that human beings have an innate desire to find out about the truth in everything, in all situations.
In the 21st century humanity has come to a turning point in its affairs as societies are challenged to live more responsibly in an interconnected global community struggling to find its way into a sustainable future. The hard choices on this agenda will be ethically based and societies everywhere are in need of strong values-based leadership to ensure that the right choices are made.
It is critically important that as human beings we use rational thinking and common sense in decision making, especially when decision making affects other people’s lives. This is an issue of competence. We are required as individuals, organizations and society as a whole to become ethically competent. We now understand that human beings are endowed with multiple intelligences, one of which is ethical intelligence—the ability to know what is the right thing to do in a given situation. Everyone is unique and entitled to a life of balance, purpose, self-fulfilment and opportunities.
GTF is strongly focused towards creating better societies by promoting and supporting collaboration and understanding. Our work goes beyond the limits and boundaries of politics and is introducing an arena of open mindedness, freedom, values and ethical leadership.
Democratic government has proved remarkably resilient, but leadership of democratic societies is at a crossroads, facing competing and conflicting pressures with erosion of public trust in government and increasing demands on those governments to deliver. The gap between government and citizen is growing, and the role of citizen is changing. Globalisation has added another level of complexity. Democratic societies seek to combine effective government with legitimacy and active participation, and have an ethical core, governing by consent, influence and goodwill, and not just power, control and force. As many of society’s challenges increasingly do not lend themselves to easy solutions, what is the place of ethical leadership in bringing about collaborative resolution?
Ethical competence, is a learned capability based on ethical intelligence that results in choices of right action to build smooth, harmonious, powerful relationships at every level in society. The words moral and ethical are often used interchangeably, but there is a distinction between their meanings. Morality, at its core, means something about individual relations. Morality is a guide to interpersonal interaction in private relationships. Ethics is more concerned with public relations.
Global Thinkers Forum was created to bring a focus on this need for values and ethics in leadership. It serves as a beacon to raise the consciousness of society about the importance of values-based leadership and to develop the necessary programs of education, learning and community action. GTF recognizes that the agenda to bring such learning into every part of society is both important and urgent. We are committed to advancing this work as a contribution to creating a successful and sustainable future and legacy for future generations.