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theories on how political leadership affects human development.

Theoretical perspectives ***** the relation of ***** leadership to human development.

***** archaic societies, the appropriate way to honor progenitors, mythical or actual, is to repeat their gestures and their sacred w*****ds. In 'modern societies,' the way to show esteem and honor ***** not to repeat but to build on; not ritually to invoke but productively to extend; not to follow in ***** footsteps but to widen the path.

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1. Introduction

The issue ***** human development ***** ***** modern word is best discussed in terms of the intersection ***** interrelated theoretical aspects. These aspects include elements of and relationships between *****, in a political sense, and culture. Within the ambit of the term culture one can also include the problematics of religion, ethics and morals as well ***** the various norms and mores that make up a particular culture. The concept of political leadership forms an interactive part ***** the process of cultural hum***** *****. In a contemporary theoretical sense, the understandings of these aspects of modern culture form the fulcrum for any comprehensive *****oretical discussion ***** leadership in the modern world.

***** view of ***** and particularly political leadership has undergone a radical change in recent years.

Put very simplistically, political leadership refers to ***** choices taken and policies made by the ***** leaders of a particular country. These decisions and politics impact on and *****fluence people and consequently institute, entrench or change views about other *****s and societies. Conversely, political leaders are also influenced and have to integrate cultural views and expectation into their political decisions and ********** which implies a more complex view ***** leadership than a simple one w*****y process. This admittedly simplistic over***** is especially relevant today in the age of technology and international ***** ***** *****ms the foundation ***** any exploration of the influence ***** modern political ***** on societal morals and belief structures.

It is important to realize ***** much of ***** theory hinges on the assumpti***** that leadership no longer takes place in a v*****cuum, as it were.

However, this does not discount the fact that many political leaders exert a direct ***** ***** ***** ***** and ***** and ***** the path of ********** development and growth through their idea ***** leadership "charisma."

***** only has ***** look at examples from recent history; such as the influence of the ***** and policies of Adolf Hitler, to use an extreme example, which shaped cultural views and ethnic perceptions.

***** ***** study the various theoretical implications of modern leadership and its influence on human development will be ***** into account, in the context of a contemporary ***** where there ***** been a bre*****kdown in the rigid barriers ***** nation states and ***** cultural and ideological issues have assumes a larger ***** more interpenetrating significance- ***** in terms ***** religion and differences ***** cultural world views. This again points to the fact ***** the question of leadership has become more complex


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