If you need a little personal leadership inspiration amongst the stories of violence and terrorism that dominate the airways watch this Sunday’s 60 Minutes story on Jordan.
Surrounded by Syria, Iraq, Israel and Saudi Arabia, Jordan fights hard to remain an island of peace, tolerance and modernization in a sea of violence and destruction.
ISIS burned through Syria and Iraq until it hit a firewall, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The king, Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, is holding the front and sheltering millions of refugees despite his struggling economy, no oil wealth and precious little water.
Understanding Your Task
King Abdullah II understands fundamentally the motives and strategy of ISIS and what is necessary to win the war.
Why fly two aircrafts into the Twin Towers in New York? ISIS wants to create hatred from the West towards Islam so that you can panic the majority of Muslims to feel that they’re victimized, have no options and push them over into the extremist camp.
King Abdullah II’s leadership is heart warming in a different way and gives us hope in a new way. He is what a 21st century leader looks like–tough and kind, compassionate and firm, intelligent and extraordinarily savvy. He can also be ruthless and decisive when the situation dictates.
It’s inspiring to see Jordan’s palpable conviction–good guys successfully fighting the good fight in the midst of incredible odds.
Kudos to 60 Minutes for shedding light on the epitome of one leader who is making a real difference.