This publication brings together diverse perspectives on United Nations leadership today.
Released only two years after our first publication on the topic, it has been put together under a radically altered context, shaped by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the accelerating threats of climate change and by new armed conflicts.
Together, these developments cast an even more acute light on the need for leadership in the multilateral system and particularly in the UN. They vindicate our continued framing of UN leadership as an art, rather than an exact science, at a time when the practice of principled leadership seems so difficult, even occasionally appearing to be somewhat of a rare artform indeed.
They also explain the subtitle ‘painting perspectives, staying true to principles’. It captures both the need for diverse views and approaches, including from those who may underestimate or doubt UN leadership realities, while recognising that what unites and makes UN leadership unique is the principles offered by the UN Charter.
The landscape: Sketching the UN’s relevance
The United Nations: A distinct and exceptional purpose
Solving global problems in a multipolar world: Qualities of UN Leadership
Christopher C. Coleman
Leadership behind the scenes
UN leadership in a multilateral system in crisis
The portrait: Drawing out principled leadership traits
How dare you?
Youth leadership in action
The vanguard: Breaking the traditional leadership mould
Three questions about UN leaders of the 21st century
From youth inclusion to intergenerational feminist leadership
Feminist leadership for transformative social justice
Daniela Zelaya Raudales and Caroline Lambert
A world in dire need of intergenerational leadership
The still life: Depicting the reality on the ground
Resident Coordinator leadership: Magicians without a magic wand?
Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation
Finding the balance between engagement and accountability
Frankness and honesty: Essential traits of a UN Leader
The abstract: Rendering innovation and change
The innovation movement for UN Leaders: Connecting research and practice
Tina C. Ambos and Katherine Tatarinov
Leadership from where you sit: Behavioural challenge
United Nations 2.0: Can the current leadership deliver the workforce it requires?
Veronika Tywuschik-Sohlström, Marc Jacquand, Henriette Keijzers
The Art of Leadership in the United Nations: Framing What’s Blue
The first edition in this publication series strives to stimulate a conversation on how UN leadership could be enhanced to ensure its relevance and strengthen its impact at a time when both the UN and multilateralism are being tested.Read publication