ON WORLD’S LEADERS: Why Africa May Not Develop.
stereotype that an older leader is a wiser leader, age and wisdom are not
always directly connected. Aging affects leadership in several different ways.
Some people become more effective leaders as they get older and some become
presented at the University Of Queensland School Of Psychology studied the
relationship between age and wisdom among older leaders. The study defined
wisdom as ‘a combination of relevant knowledge, understanding of context,
tolerance for different views and values and the ability to deal with the
inevitable uncertainties of life effectively’. The study found that
leaders who were perceived as having these traits were also seen as being the
most effective leaders and that those who were adept at handling uncertainty
were considered especially effective. However, despite the correlation between
wisdom and effective leadership, the study found no link between age and wisdom
or between age and leadership skills. Some older leaders demonstrated higher
levels of wisdom and more effective leadership skills while others happened to
be abysmal! The Queensland study did not provide support for the idea that
leaders become wiser with age.
compilation of the Names and age of some world leaders accumulated according to
their continent’s position.
Name of Leader – Age
Maithripala Sirisena 66
bin Zayed Al Nahyan 69
Paula-Mae Weekes 59 (F)
– Donald Trump 72
Charles Paire O’Neil 49
Faustin-Archange Touadéra 61
Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini 50
Mahafaly Solonandrasana 54
Abdel Aziz 61
ten oldest African leaders is 78.5, compared to 52 for the world’s ten
to the fact that Africa has the youngest population in the world.
conducted this month using the scope of study of active/current leaders around
the world. The sampling and population size was of course reduced to 152
countries, 152 leaders rather than the total number of countries in the world,
195. This simply means that, about 43 number of countries was omitted, deliberately.
According to world meter, China happen to the country with largest population,
Nigeria is the only African country among the top 10, number 7 precisely. Now,
the major objective of this research was to ASCERTAIN, THE EFFECT OF AGE OF
LEADERS ON CONTINENTAL DEVELOPMENT.
to deal with African leaders who live like forever been a leader of a country
in Africa, and we have the likes of Gaddafi, Mugabe amongst other. This
research basically was to consider, if age level of world leaders have an
effect on their country’s and continent development.
age 60 and below and using simple percentile frequency (Average level)
the result shows that:
average age of 64, after the sampling of 30 countrys’ leaders
average age of 58, after the sampling of 36 countries’ leaders
having an average age of 55, after the sampling of 36 countries’ leaders
having an average age 61, after the sampling of 11 countries’ leaders
Oceania is having an average age of 58, after the sampling of 8 countries’
average age of 66, after the sampling of 50 countries’ leaders.
research also reveals the world leaders who are female. And a total number of 5
leaders in the world are actually females, 1 in Asia, 2 in Europe, 1 in North
America, 1 in Australia and Oceania, while South America and Africa have a record
shows that, Africa has the highest average age of 66. And Africa is the most underdeveloped
not conducted for the economical purpose, but the mental state of individuals
who are mounting the leadership position in Africa. The norm was set against
its counterpart, developed continent as the case maybe, Europe, who is on the
average of 58.
been recorded to have the highest age range of 70-100 of more than 15 leaders
who are on the retirement age. Take for instance, Nigeria, the average age of
leaders who has taken power in the past 10years is 60, while they will spend 2
terms on the years of 4 each. Apparently, they will be leaving office at age 68
which is way past the retirement age set at 60. Invariably, to achieve a
distinct on leaders productive age is considering age around 52 (at least),
getting to office at that age will make them fall in line with the retirement
age of 60.
is, who among the leaders today in Africa, even in Nigeria, the presidential
aspirants of today can achieve that for Nigerians? You’re laughing I guess.
From the research, only 3 African leaders is able to meet up with this
benchmark who are, the Eswatini (Swaziland) leader, Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini
age 50, Liberia leader, George Weah age 52, and the Togo leader, Faure
Gnassingbé age 52.
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