There are many kinds of leaders: thought-leaders; leaders in the scientific and technology fields; spiritual and religious leaders; entrepreneurs and innovators; social and civil society representatives; political leaders and so forth. There are also dominating styles of leadership; most of which emanate from the political and economic fields and they shape our ideas of what is ‘effective’ leadership. Many political leaders are making economic decisions that have global impact; there is a perceived sense of their power, and it effects the way people conform and carry out other forms of leadership. A consequence of this kind of global leadership is an acceleration of an information technology and the omnipresent media with its “opinion-makers” that are thrown up to advertise a brand of global leadership.
The Jai Jagat campaign is building capacities for peace leadership and enabling people from the grassroots and youth to use nonviolence to gain visibility on issues of injustice for the wider society. Jai Jagat is also developing capacities of leaders at the community level as well as influencing educators and thought leaders. Many young people in the Jai Jagat training programs say that they have lost trust in political leadership that ‘they do not see them as “caring”, that they do not have people’s interests in mind, that they align themselves with interests that deliver electoral or personal benefits, that they are not open to dialogue, and that they do not concern themselves with planetary issues like the climate’. The Jai Jagat training does not move towards a ‘leaderless’ society (de-legitimizing all leaders), rather it calls for new forms of leadership.
One of the new leadership styles being proposed are those that can transform the cycle of violence. This involves rebuilding the public trust, resolving conflicts, practicing inclusion and fairness, fostering trust and respect. This is the intention of the daylong virtual discussion on “How can we develop a