corrupt2This subject is broad and controversial. Hence, I’ve narrowed my focus down to corruption in leadership, especially as regards to those in public office. I won’t take a moralist approach; I don’t see the need.

I live in Africa where corruption is common. However, it’s unintelligent to think that corruption is an African problem alone. It’s a global issue.

This is my take on corruption, at least for now. It could change with time.

As much as the idea of a corrupt-free society is romantic, I’m afraid that corruption is here to stay. Like the co-existence of good and evil, it’s an element that won’t just disappear on a wish.

Two years ago on my blog, I defined corruption as a low mental capacity; where an individual or institution lacks the mental capacity to make honest gain without stealing from, defrauding or hurting others. Taking it further, I’m now convinced that corruption is the lack and/or refusal of personal growth in an area.

The antidote for corruption is personal growth. Now the debate begins, does the lack of growth in an area of the leader’s life mean he/she is corrupt? See the Corruption series.


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