Mikhail Gorbachev: the Quintessential Global Leader

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US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachov at the first Summit in Geneva, Switzerland. (Wikimedia Commons)
By: Alex Gorbachev, Isaac Windes, Adey Tegene and Li Lan Wu

Mikhail Gorbachev, the former leader of the USSR which catalyzed and oversaw the fall of the Communist hold on Russia is an example of a world leader.

Mikhail Gorbachev was born on March 2, 1931, in Privolnoye, Russia. He later became a delegate to the Communist Party Congress, before being elected general secretary in 1985.

He became the first president of the Soviet Union in 1990 and won the Nobel Prize for Peace that same year.

He resigned in 1991, and has since founded the Gorbachev Foundation and remains active in social and political causes. (biography.com)

While there are many qualities displayed by the leader, the participatory and communicative diplomacy of openness and amiability that he pioneered are the most reticent and relevant ones.

He managed to serve both the needs of his people, inwardly and assimilate as a global citizen, in the global community of nations; an increasingly archaic world-view, as America and others, turn towards an isolationist and nationalist style of foreign policy.

The openness and willingness to bridge divides provide a model for being a leader.