• The World Economic Forum’s Global Leadership Index says 86% of experts believe the world is in the midst of a leadership crisis

  • Civil society emerges as the most trusted stakeholder, as confidence slumps in religious leaders and government

  • Global Leadership Index reveals wide disparities of opinions across age, gender and region on what qualities it takes to make a good leader

  • Download Report Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015 here

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10 November 2014 – A fundamental lack of confidence in global leadership is posing a serious challenge to prospects for tackling the world’s most pressing and dire challenges, according to new research published today by the World Economic Forum.

The Global Leadership Index, based on a survey of over 1,200 experts from the Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils, says that 86% of the respondents agree that the world is facing a leadership crisis. The index also says that there are lower levels of confidence in leaders from religious organizations than any other sector. Over half of the respondents (56%) doubt religious leaders’ ability to play a constructive role in addressing global problems.

A global perspective and the ability to collaborate are the two most frequently cited qualities for good leadership. However, perceptions of leadership skills vary. Male respondents rank courageousness and inspiration, and female respondents cite social justice and high morals. There is also a difference between young and old: the 20-29 age group put empathy and collaboration in their top three; the 70+ bracket select experience and courageousness.

“This research reveals a massive shake-up of traditional values, which is underlined by civil society emerging as the most trusted stakeholder. To reclaim leadership status, politicians need to be seen to be serving the greater good again, while international organizations must find new models of governance to demonstrate that they are capable of meeting expectations,” said Martina Larkin, Senior Director, Head of Global Knowledge Networks, World Economic Forum.


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