Good Leadership and Accountability for Sustainable Development
5 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2010
The challenge of sustainable development focuses on how today’s needs can be met without diminishing the capacity of future generations to meet their own. An effective utilization of available resources, human and non-human, is therefore a sine qua non for sustainable development. However, at the heart of the success of the efforts for sustainable development is good leadership. Leadership is not the private preserve of a few charismatic men or women; rather it is a process ordinary people use when they are bringing forth the best from themselves and others. Leadership is so powerful and important that it gives direction, pace and energy to the citizenry. It empowers them and above all, owes them a sense of accountability. Focusing on Nigeria, this paper examines the link between leadership, accountability and sustainable development. It argues that the major threat to her sustainable developmental efforts is traceable to poor leadership manifesting in corruption, weak value base and the absence of accountability and concludes that until good leadership is guaranteed, Nigeria will continue to experience stunted economic growth and sustainable development.
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