Andrew H Campbell of Omaha, NE, Explains Peace Leadership and Peace Research

“When people are motivated to act individually and function collectively for the benefit of humanity and the planet, peace leadership is present” (source: Integral Leadership Review).

Peace research is a fairly new formal field of study. It focuses on the highly-complex government-level and global issues that include religious, racial, economic, legal, and diplomatic concerns. Within that complexity, the goal of peace research is to empower individuals to increase their emotional intelligence and ability to collaborate with others. Dr Andrew Campbell co-wrote the first book on Peace Leadership addressing the emergence of peace and leadership disciplines. In fact, Dr Campbell developed the first peace leadership definition:

“an individual with the guiding vision and responsibility to lead in multidimensional and multilayered peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and humanitarian operational institution or organization; to adapt to the complexity of an uncertain and unambiguous environment by strategically navigating through periods of change, to engage in state conflict prevention and reduction, political and humanitarian crisis management, and stabilization and reconstruction practices, and to have the emotional and social intelligence, global mindset, business acumen, intercultural awareness, and strategic foresight to transform and reassemble the foundations of communal or state political, human security, legal, financial, and socio-economic institutions toward laying the groundwork for sustainable peace and development.”

Peace research expert, Dr. Andrew H Campbell of Omaha, NE, discusses here the definitions of peace leadership and research, as well as the role of peace leadership today.

What is Peace Leadership?

Peace leaders have existed long before “peace research” began. Throughout history, experts — like Dr. Campbell and his team — have identified peace leaders as those that prefer nonviolent responses and create a sense of extreme optimism for change on a large scale.

The goal of peace leaders is not to win but to reconcile and to spread the spirit of reconciliation across an entire people group. A couple famous peace leaders throughout history were Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King.

What is Peace Research?

Peace research, then, hopes to study peace leaders and to identify the key traits that society can nurture among themselves to see greater reconciliation and a reduction in conflict levels around the world. That is the goal of Dr. Andrew Campbell and his International Peace and Leadership Institute (IPLInstitute) in Omaha, NE.

The Role of Peace Leadership and Research in Today’s Global Conflict

Nations and cultures are made up of ideologies, long-held perceptions, religious movements, and political movements. As such, many of these groups within a nation/culture “draw lines in the sand,” thereby creating conflict. While the conflict remains unaddressed or even intensified, wars, poverty, and even genocide become natural consequences which have a large toll on humanity.

However, in order to solve major problems — such as economic depression, diminishing resources, or violence between groups — more people have to come together and seek understanding. Peace leaders throughout history have possessed a unique intuition in that regard, being able to bring together people in unison rather than in strife. Peace research works to understand why peace leaders are effective and how to train more people to become peace leaders both in their own communities and in our world community.

While peace researchers are not naïve to think that they can eliminate all conflict everywhere, the greater goal is to drastically increase cultural awareness, compassion, and stronger collaboration among people with diverse backgrounds and beliefs. Andrew H Campbell of Omaha, NE concludes that the world can only be changed by people taking action and peace leaders have all left their impact on society at both local and international levels. The end result can be summed up by IPLInstitute’s vision statement:

“…High-quality scholarly research, peace leadership education and training, and negotiation for tribal, local, and intercommunal leaders in conflict-afflicted areas around the world.”

Andrew H. Campbell of Omaha, Nebraska is the Director of the International Peace and Leadership Institute. He provides training through public speaking.

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