Several people who see themselves as ‘leaders’ are unwilling to accept that they may not have the solutions to all the problems that they come across. For them, people in leadership positions must provide answers to every question that is raised and generally feel vulnerable and insecure when it is otherwise. Real leadership is having the courage to accept failure, to accept that you do not know, and to come to terms with one’s relative lack of knowledge. It is only when we are humble and seek out knowledge can we expand our abilities, build partnerships and work with others in solving problems. The journey of leadership is one of staying humble all the time and of continually expanding our expertise. It is about seeing the strength in being vulnerable.
A development activist, public policy advocate, social innovator and leadership trainer
“Development has been a buzzword in the past few years which has been used and abused to shape the political and economic dimensions of entire nations. It is projected as a broad purpose and justification of all activities, often without answering the questions of whose development and how. Three decades of being a development practitioner while also wearing the hats of an academician, leadership consultant or policy advocate at times has not been enough for me to arrive at a definitive definition of development. The experience has certainly helped me evolve my understanding of development and the fact that it