The world is yearning for leaders with a new set of perspectives, values and skills. Critical dialogue about vital security issues is still dominated by leaders whose primary purpose is not to solve a problem but to advance the narrow interests of their particular constituency or nation. We face a dual challenge - a shortage of global leaders capable and willing to deal with a wide array of global problems and the lack of a methodology and context for bringing them together. Even when there are leaders of high caliber, there is often no way of identifying and linking these leaders - and creatively helping them bridge their differences - so that they can focus collectively on solutions.
EWI's renewed commitment to leadership and learning will enhance our flexibility and responsiveness to rapidly evolving global security threats. For almost three decades, EWI has been at the forefront of strategic leadership, developing and mentoring leaders throughout North America, Europe and Eurasia. The Institute has assisted them in building key regional and international networks to enable them to tackle the critical issues affecting our countries.
In keeping with this history, EWI is intensifying its focus on leadership development in three critical ways:
Expanding its leadership network to include the East. Because China, India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia must be engaged in issues of conflict prevention and global security, EWI is forging alliances with key leaders in these regions.
Developing a leadership-based strategy that strengthens all EWI programs. EWI is employing innovative leadership methods that are galvanizing a new level of collaboration, enthusiasm and effectiveness in our global leadership network. We call this strategy the "Global Solutions Initiative" because it is focused on developing creative policy recommendations and proposals, plus achieving results. The Global Solutions Initiative is currently exploring the following:
- Devising alternative, more effective strategies for dealing with terrorism. Sr. Leader: Ambassador Henry A. Crumpton.
- Building a new East-West consensus on weapons of mass destruction. Sr. Leader: Dr. Greg Austin.
- Engaging media leaders and addressing the issue of responsibility in the coverage of geopolitical violence. Sr. Leader: Ahmet Oren, EWI Director.
- Establishing a global network of peacemakers promoting conflict prevention. Sr. Leader: Ambassador Ortwin Hennig.
Implementing EWI's leadership strategy internally. We are engaging staff at every level and in every region in a leadership development process based on EWI's core values placed at the heart of the organization.
Learning is the vital ingredient in our leadership strategy. Without it, leaders approach global problems on the same level of awareness that created the problem in the first place. With learning, leaders have the opportunity to develop innovative thinking and collective intelligence that makes global problem solving possible.
With the guidance of Mark Gerzon, EWI Distinguished Fellow and author of "Leading Through Conflict: How Successful Leaders Transform Differences Into Opportunities," EWI is moving rapidly towards building a global network of leadership practitioners who are applying their state-of-the-art methods to some of the most challenging global security issues of our time.
In his book, Gerzon describes the kind of "global leadership" that EWI is fostering through all of its work. Leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Yunus embody the type of leadership the world needs so urgently today. "When we speak of someone seeing the 'whole picture' or thinking 'out-of-the-box'," Gerzon writes, "...we are referring to one of the prerequisites for global leadership. Although various researchers have called this kind of leadership by different names, they invariably reach a common conclusion: humanity needs leaders who are not stopped by differences but can lead across them effectively."
Our strategy is to link current and emerging global leaders through problem-solving networks. Together they will become bridges between the powers in the East and the West. By building strong relationships based on trust and shared purpose, EWI will contribute to making a safer and more sustainable world.