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Lives depend on new leadership skills for the 21st century

By Joseph Ingram      

When one considers that global pandemics are not the only challenge we face in the years to come, this blatant disregard for science and public health is even more unsettling.

Global polls today are consistent in revealing shrinking confidence in U.S. leadership, and a growing perception that the Donald Trump administration and its Republican acolytes are remoulding America’s ethos from that of a steward of democratic values, human rights, and a principled ally to other democratic states, into one of a self-centred, uncaring, and unprincipled force that can no longer be relied upon to promote the global public good, writes Joseph Ingram. Flickr photograph by Gage Skidmore

The double whammy of COVID-19—with its unprecedented fatalities and collapsing economy—plus race-related violence and property destruction the likes of which the United States hasn’t seen since the 1960s, says a lot about American leadership today. Rather than bringing people together and seeking to heal a wounded nation, President Donald Trump, in order to satiate his own ego, is dividing the country in a primitive attempt to reinforce his electoral base and enhance his prospects for a second term. In so doing, he is accelerating the unravelling of what was America’s already fragile social fabric.

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