News Americas, NASSAU, Bahamas, Tues. April 2, 2013: The major crises afflicting the planet can be traced directly to a chronic lack of “awakened leadership” a former Caribbean minister says.

Zhivargo Laing, an economist and director of Laing Consulting and Research Group, said poor leadership is costly for people and for countries.

“Some African, Latin American, Caribbean and European states are endowed with enormous natural and human resources could be far better off, and even global players, if their leadership was kinder to their responsibilities,” said the former Bahamas minister of government.

Lamenting the fact that many leaders are not fully equipped for the awesome task confronting them, the former cabinet minister said “experience in leading a nation is rare for the first-time president or prime minister.”

“Sound leaders were those who “lead by faith, focus, awareness, intelligence, and honesty. Sound leaders are also conscious leaders,” he added. “Conscious leaders acknowledge their limitations and augment them through learning, training, consultation and cooperation with others. They are meditative, reflective and deliberative.”

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