One of the major threads running through this year’s report is the crisis of confidence in leaders which has grown on a national and global scale. As citizens lose faith in democratic institutions and geopolitical conflicts proliferate, it is clear that a lack of leadership in the world today is contributing overall to a leadership crisis. The aim of this chapter is to provide a global overview on the perception of leadership across various sectors.
Using a methodology based on the National Leadership Index created by the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, the respondents of the Survey on the Global Agenda have rated their confidence in the leaders of their countries. The Index uses 37 indicators to better capture the perceptions of and challenges facing global leadership, with the final results ranking Leadership across national and regional levels, as well as by sector.
In order to highlight the diverse and multistakeholder nature of leadership in the 21st century, we have emphasized the rankings per sector, which are displayed overleaf. Strikingly, people’s confidence in religious leaders is lower than any other sector, while civil society and business lead the way. Country and regional rankings can be found inside the gatefold, along with the qualitative findings from our questions about what can be done to address this crisis. For our respondents, the skills needed for global leaders today are a mix of traditional competencies and a more global perspective.
Explore the section for yourself by diving into the results on this page. The comprehensive breadth of the rankings and statistics ensure that this is one of the most complete pictures of leadership the Forum has ever produced.