Many people in the developing world struggle with significant poverty. People who feel trapped in a cycle of poverty often describe feeling inferior and powerless. Those who are relatively wealthy and in leadership roles may suffer from a different pathology that some have described as a “god- complex” in which a sense of superiority may develop, leading to the belief that they have been chosen to decide what is best for the poor. As the leaders of organizations that do poverty alleviation work in the developing world contemplate what approach to take when formulating their leadership style, they would do well to base their decisions on the writings of Kouzes and Posner in their seminal book titled, “The Leadership Challenge.” While this book was not written specifically for leaders working in the realm of poverty alleviation in the developing world, its leadership concepts are particularly well-suited for use in that context.

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