Explore Soft Leadership to Achieve Global Stability, Peace and Prosperity

By M.S. Rao

This article explores “soft leadership” to achieve global peace, prosperity, and stability. It explains the causes, effects, and remedies for global conflicts and wars, outlines a blueprint to achieve global peace and prosperity. It illustrates with inspiring examples of great global leaders including Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Teresa, and Nelson Mandela.



“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Presently people across the globe are getting impatient, intolerant, and agitated on others for petty issues.  It appears that there is a lack of respect for others’ religions, regions, races, languages, ethnicities, cultures, and communities. Additionally, the aspirations and expectations of all stakeholders are rising rapidly. For instance, children demand more from their parents; students demand more from educators; subordinates demand more from superiors; employees demand more from employers; followers demand more from leaders, and people demand more from nations. In fact, people are becoming more rights-oriented rather than duty-oriented. 

There must be a shift in the mindset of the people. There must be a need for tolerance and respect toward others. People must be duty-oriented rather than rights-oriented. Empathy is the answer to several pressing global challenges. Empathy is the ability to step into the shoes of others and look at the issues from others perspectives. However, presently people rarely empathize with others.  When we empathize with others most of the global challenges and conflicts can be resolved easily. Through empathy, we can put an end to intolerance, impatience, and instability. Through empathy, we can resolve several global challenges amicably. Empathy is essential for global peace, prosperity, stability, and security. 

Some people resort to violence to settle their scores. Some countries wage wars to settle their long-pending issues. Violence is not the solution to several global issues. Ralph Waldo Emerson rightly remarked, “Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.” Hence, people must shed their violent attitude and respect others through empathy
and understanding.

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About the Author

Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D. is the Father of “Soft Leadership” and Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants, India. He is an International Leadership Guru with 38 years of experience and the author of over 45 books including the award-winning ‘21 Success Sutras for CEOs’. He is a C-Suite advisor and a sought-after keynote speaker globally. He brings a strategic eye and long-range vision given his multifaceted professional experience including military, teaching, training, research, consultancy, and philosophy. He is passionate about serving and making a difference in the lives of others. He trains a new generation of leaders through leadership education and publications. His vision is to build one million students as global leaders by 2030.  He advocates gender equality globally (#HeForShe).

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