|
Movies Books Music Food Tv Shows Technology Politics Video Games Parenting Fashion Green Living more >

Lunch » Tags » Politicians » Reviews » Leadership » User review

Leadership

The position or function of a leader

< read all 1 reviews

Where are the leaders?! Golfing & Yaching?!!!

  • Jun 13, 2010
  • by
Rating:
+5
Stopping the world in its tracks: 1.3 million gallon a day!
 
The world is so into capitalism these days that even in the midst of a major catastrophe, all reporters could focus on is the loss of revenue and whether BP will be able to meet its obligations and stay solvent!
What in effect is the world coming to? It makes me wonder if we are now facing the many ugly facets of capitalism!
 
Well, perhaps I'm naive ... while I read books on globalization and how it affects the world and its effects, while I'm more tuned into the financial aspects of life, it comes a point when enough is enough! I'm sure many of you in the United States are fed up with how the government is dealing with this disaster and how people who are ineffective is being put into their positions to handle this matter. It reminded me of the same catastrophic event in 2008, when Wall Street stops the world in its tracks! While that financial meltdown had the governments in the world staying up late at night, I wonder if this one has anyone sleepless! Other than BP shareholders and CEO!
 
From my part of the world, I do not hear much from the environmentalists. I'm concerned though. Not just for the immediate loss of revenue for those hotels or tourism industry along the coasts, but mainly for the toxic effect of the spill. Still going on strong everyday. Last estimate? As much as 1.3 million gallon a day! The food chain under the sea in that part of the world will be seriously affected, won't it? And when that happens, an entire food chain in the world will see major shifts, won't it? Will we be eating toxic salmon and what nots in the near future? When one thinks about air pollution in China, that is baby steps compared to this! While air pollution kills slowly and is manageable, fooling around with water and our food chain make me think the movie 2012 might not be so off afterall! While that may be fiction, what we are reading on the newspaper about this spill is not!
 
This calls to mind the quality of leadership the world is being bestowed. Who have we put our trust in? And are we putting ourselves in destruction in the process?
 
Infidelity often pays off better than blind loyalty.
 
It is true that we have progressed a great deal in the last 2 decades. Technologically, we took a big leap. However, when it comes to freedom, we are seeing a decline in personal freedom which included in the way we are locked in by our very own actions. Loyalty is not worth that much in this world in these days. I found that to be true when it comes to our telcos, our banks and our company's behavior towards its clients, staff and potential customers. 
 
Take the case of telcos, if you switched your existing number to another one, you are given lots of benefits (to entice you over, generally). For the banks too, if you either refinance your mortgage, transfer your funds, borrow from another bank or do whatever simply to move around your finances, there are hefty gains to be made. However, once you're its customer, you are subjected to hefty penalties, should you choose to leave! Same for one's job. Threaten to move and you get a lot more by staying put for years after years. Eventually, they think you are an antique or an obsolete furniture! That's how our world has evolved to. 
 
For Neda
 
Right about the same time last year, the movie "The Stoning of Soraya M." based on a true story in Iran opened in the theater. Coincidentally, another true story was unfolding in Iran just about the very same time. They both have a common theme, woman and freedom. The "new" event was that of the death of Neda. Neda was shot during a protest demonstration in Tehran in June 2009 in the midst of a chaotic crowd. Unprovoked! She has since become an icon in the hearts of the Iranian people. A HBO documentary on the events surrounding the death of this modern and freedom seeking woman has been made. It is an excellent video and you must find the time to watch it. An hour is all it takes!
 
Undoubtedly, freedom is very much linked to leadership. I've written a review about freedom in the past and this is not one about freedom. Instead, this one is on leadership.
When we have leaders who are dictators or ineffective, we reached an impasse in our lives. And as much as the degree of freedom differs in many countries, leaders determine to a large extent the amount of freedom its citizens get. A leader directs a country to heaven or hell. Countries like Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and North Korea are living in hell as far as many of us are concerned. If you ask most people, that's the perspective. On the other hand, countries like U.S.A., Japan and Germany are deemed to be in good hands. Or, is it really? 
 
What do you think of leadership in these first countries? Do you think President Obama is effective? If so, why is his opinion polls keep dropping? Why is there so much trouble since he took office and nothing seemed to have improved? Including the rate of unemployment and the current Gulf oil spill disaster? And in the Japanese case, why does the country keep changing its leaders? Don't you wonder? I'm beginning to wonder... these leaders don't seem to know what they are doing! Not just at presidential levels but at many high levels in society. For example, the top bankers, the car makers and even the priest! What has gone wrong with leadership function? Same for the private sector... why did so many kill themselves at Foxconn?
 
3 Strikes
 
The above mentioned events may seem unrelated to one another. They are what came to my mind the last 2 days or so. Yet, they all have a common thread... LEADERSHIP!
We are effectively seeing a world coming to terms with leadership quality in its decline. Perhaps it is not fair to the leaders to say so. I don't know. However, when one is entrusted with the authority, it does come with responsibility, is it not? Leaders are not simply people whom the society look up to. They mold and shape societies. It is not a position where one is merely given the riches and resources of life. It is one where the world entrust you with its hopes, its progress and its destiny. It is a position of great strength and authority. So here I'm calling out to leaders of the world and leading organizations, do your part! You are not there to merely increase profits or GDP of your organizations and countries. Specifically, I'm calling out to the President of the United States! You are the world leader. By whatever means, you've to do your part! You are not there for a mere term or two. You are there to shape the world and its history. You've been entrusted the job and the responsibility by default. It is time for you to perform and perform well. Everyone in the world has high hopes in you. When you were inaugurated on January 20, 2009, that was a historical moment. It is up to you to live up to history now. So, please, act your part!!!
Stopping the world in its tracks: 1.3 million gallon a day!
 
The world is so into capitalism these days that even in the midst of a major catastrophe, all reporters could focus on is the loss of revenue and whether BP will be able to meet its obligations and stay solvent!
 
What in effect is the world coming to? It makes me wonder if we are now facing the many ugly facets of capitalism!
 
Well, perhaps I'm naive ... while I read books on globalization and how it affects the world and its effects, while I'm more tuned into the financial aspects of life, it comes a point when enough is enough! I'm sure many of you in the United States are fed up with how the government is dealing with this disaster and how people who are ineffective are being put into their positions to handle this matter. It reminded me of the same catastrophic event in 2008, when Wall Street stops the world in its tracks! While that financial meltdown had the governments in the world staying up late at night, I wonder if this one has anyone sleepless! Other than BP shareholders and CEO, that is!

We all should...



 
From my part of the world, I do not hear much from the environmentalists. I'm concerned though. Not just for the immediate loss of revenue for those hotels or tourism industry along the coasts, but mainly for the toxic effect of the spill. Still going on strong everyday. Last estimate? As much as 1.3 million gallon a day! The food chain under the sea in that part of the world will be seriously affected, won't it? And when that happens, an entire food chain in the world will see major shifts, won't it? Will we be eating toxic salmon and what nots in the near future? When one thinks about air pollution in China, that is baby steps compared to this! While air pollution kills slowly and is manageable, fooling around with water and our food chain make me think the movie 2012 or the Mayan prediction might not be so off afterall! While that may be fiction, what we are reading on the newspaper about this spill is not!
 
This calls to mind the quality of leadership the world is being bestowed with. Who have we put our trust in? And are we putting ourselves in destruction in the process?



I just come across this video on YouTube. The air in East coast is now toxic?! Is this for real?! It's not just oil that is contaminating the ocean floor but also toxic air in the East Coast? If I were living in the States, I'd be VERY concerned!!!
 
Infidelity often pays off better than blind loyalty
 
It is true that we have progressed a great deal in the last 2 decades. Technologically, we took a big leap. However, when it comes to freedom, we are seeing a decline in personal freedom which included in the way we are locked in by our very own actions. Loyalty is not worth that much in this world these days. I found that to be true when it comes to our telcos, our banks and our company's treatment of its clients, staff and potential customers. 
 
Take the case of telcos, if you switched your existing number to another one, you are given lots of benefits (to entice you over, generally). For the banks too, if you either refinance your mortgage, transfer your funds, borrow from another bank or do whatever simply to move around your finances, there are hefty gains to be made. However, once you're its customer, you are subjected to hefty penalties, should you choose to leave! Same for one's job. Threaten to move and you get a lot more by staying put for years after years. Eventually, they think you are an antique or an obsolete furniture! That's how our world has evolved to. Sad, but very real!

Why so? If not the wrong leadership?!
 
For Neda
 
Right about the same time last year, the movie "The Stoning of Soraya M." based on a true story in Iran opened in the theater. Coincidentally, another true story was unfolding in Iran just about the very same time. They both have a common theme, woman and freedom. The "new" event was that of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan. Neda was shot during a protest demonstration in Tehran in June 2009 in the midst of a chaotic crowd. Unprovoked! She has since become an icon in the hearts of the Iranian people. A HBO documentary on the events surrounding the death of this modern and freedom seeking woman has been made. It is an excellent video and you must find the time to watch it. An hour is all it takes!


 
Undoubtedly, freedom is very much linked to leadership. I've written a review about freedom in the past and this is not one about freedom. Instead, this one is on leadership.
When we have leaders who are dictators or ineffective, we reached an impasse in our lives. And as much as the degree of freedom differs in many countries, leaders determine to a large extent the amount of freedom its citizens get. A leader directs a country to heaven or hell. Countries like Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and North Korea are living in hell as far as many of us are concerned. If you ask most people, that's the perspective. On the other hand, countries like U.S.A., Japan and Germany are deemed to be in good hands. Or, is it really? 
 
What do you think of leadership in these first countries? Do you think President Obama is effective? If so, why is his opinion polls keep dropping? Why is there so much trouble since he took office and nothing seemed to have improved? Including the rate of unemployment and the current Gulf oil spill disaster? And in the Japanese case, why does the country keep changing its leaders? Don't you wonder? I'm beginning to wonder... these leaders don't seem to know what they are doing! Not just at presidential levels but at many high levels in society. For example, the top bankers, the car makers and even the priest! What has gone wrong with leadership function? Same for the private sector... why did so many kill themselves at Foxconn?
 
Where are you, Mr. Obama?
 
The above mentioned events may seem unrelated to one another. They are what came to my mind the last 2 days or so. Yet, they all have a common thread... LEADERSHIP!
 
We are effectively seeing a world coming to terms with leadership quality in its decline. Perhaps it is not fair to the leaders to say so. I don't know. However, when one is entrusted with the authority, it does come with responsibility, is it not? Leaders are not simply people whom the society look up to. They mold and shape societies. It is not a position where one is merely given the riches and resources of life. It is one where the world entrust you with its hopes, its progress and its destiny. It is a position of great strength and authority. So here I'm calling out to leaders of the world and leading organizations, do your part! You are not there to merely increase profits or GDP of your organizations and countries. Specifically, I'm calling out to the President of the United States! You are the world leader. By whatever means, you've to do your part! You are not here for a mere term or two. You are here to shape the world and history. You've been entrusted the job and the responsibility by default. It is time for you to perform and perform well. Everyone in the world has high hopes in you. When you were inaugurated on January 20, 2009, that was a historical moment. It is up to you to live up to history now. So, please, act your part and act well!!!

 
Where are the leaders?! Where are the leaders?! Where are the leaders?! Where are the leaders?!

What did you think of this review?

Helpful
9
Thought-Provoking
9
Fun to Read
9
Well-Organized
9
Post a Comment
June 27, 2010
very nice. :)
 
1
About the reviewer
Sharrie ()
Ranked #3
I'm a traveler at heart & have been nicknamed Travel Queen by friends & colleagues alike. Traveling has been my life passion for the last decade or so. As we enter a new decade, I'm excited … more
Consider the Source

Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.

You
Sharrie
Your ratings:
rate more to improve this
About this topic

Wiki

Leadership is stated as the "process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task."[1] Definitions more inclusive of followers have also emerged. Alan Keith stated that, "Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen."[2] Tom DeMarco says that leadership needs to be distinguished from posturing.[3]

view wiki

Details

© 2014 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
()
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since
reviews
comments
ratings
questions
compliments
lists