Leadership is a tool of change and development. Leaders play a key role in transforming society. Leadership is about defining a vision, energizing it and seeing it through. In recent years, a growing body of literature has recognized the importance of leadership in implementation of reforms to alleviate poverty in development.
This compilation of links and materials highlights the World Bank’s shared understanding of the role of leadership in development and the ways Bank teams can support leadership in partner countries to deliver effective poverty reduction and sustainable growth. It is a joint product of three World Bank units: Fragile States Unit in Operations Policy and Country Services, World Bank Institute units, and the Public Sector Group. Since 2001, these units have conducted more than 40 different leadership activities in more than 20 countries: (1) stabilize fragile states, (2) accelerate reforms and (3) support public sector, ethics and integrity in development.
We present a common conceptual framework to guide Bank-wide practice in leadership support (Building on an Emerging Leadership and Development Paradigm). The framework suggests elements of Definition and Dimensions of Leadership, and explores links between Leadership, Governance and Capacity Building. The framework approaches leadership as a tool to move society from one (steady) state to another. By enabling individuals, organizations and institutions, leaders can bring systemic changes needed to foster development.