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Faces of Leadership around the World

Faces of Leadership around the World

Leadership can be interpreted in many ways and be portrayed in a variety of ways. We don’t always think of leadership when we pass by that statue on our way to a lecture or work. Nor do we think of it taking a picture of a monument when we are on vacation in another country. Once one actually views those places or images with the term leadership in mind, the perception can change entirely.

We have collected pictures from the Pike and Hurricane team to illustrate how leadership can be portrayed in different societal. The pictures speak for themselves and invoke various interpretations. Each of them has a different context. The only thing they have in common is that they portray leadership. You might disagree, be indifferent or agree on this.

The purpose of this photo collage is to let you question how you understand leadership. What are you seeing when you pass one of the monuments in your hometown? Who was this person immortalized in the monument and what have they done?


Abraham Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, US. Arguably one of the most significant leadership symbols or role models in the United States. (Photo: Anne Thurm-Meyer)
Over 700 years old Buddha statue, ruins in Ayutthaya, Thailand. Buddha today still significant symbol in Thailand. (Photo: Anne Thurm-Meyer)
People’s Climate March, Washington DC, US, March against US President Donald Trump’s Climate policies. (Photo: Anne Thurm-Meyer)
Senate of Canada, Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada. the Queen still has a throne at the far end of the Senate. Although she hasn’t visited in a long time it still remains reserved for her only or the sovereign in her place. (Photo: Anne Thurm-Meyer)
Queen Elizabeth the 2nd Statue, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada. The Queen even today remains the official Head of State of Canada. (Photo: Anne Thurm-Meyer)
At the top center is the golden shield of Cusco, which is also the known as the coat of arms of Cusco. Below the shield is situated Pachacuti, the most formidable the Inca rulers. It is believed that he constructed the best stone structures of the Inca empire, including Machu Picchu. (Photo: Anna Marcella)
Statue of Martin Luther King Jr, as a part of the Monument of Peace and Reconciliation El Mozote, El Salvador 2014 (Photo: Anna Marcella)
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi, Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh, as the first president of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam played a vital role in the country becoming independent from France in 1945. To this day he is a prominent figure in Vietnam. (Photo: Anne Thurm-Meyer)
Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (His Majesty The King, Rama IX of Thailand), Bangkok, Thailand. After the passing of the Kind the entire country is still in a state of a one year mourning period until this October 2017. The king’s picture is displayed all over Bangkok and every government building in black in white drapes. (Photo: Anne Thurm-Meyer)
Mao Zedong statue on Fudan Universities Campus in Shanghai, China. “Setting up statues of Mao Zedong has been a university campus tradition for decades”, said a spokesperson for the Beijing Morning Post. “The purpose of the statute is to encourage and give confidence to our teachers and instill national character and patriotism in our students.” (Photo: Anne Thurm-Meyer)
Protest against Trump and Theresa May’s perceived appeasement of him, January 2017. The protest sign shows Theresa May together with Donald Trump on the right side and Neville Chamberlain (British prime minister from 1937- 1940) at a meeting with Adolf Hitler (Photo: Merle Emrich)
The Statue of Liberty is a figure of a woman representing the Roman goddess Libertas. She holds a torch above her head with her right hand, and in her left hand carries a tabula ansata inscribed in Roman numerals with the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States (Photo: Anna Marcella)
Памятник Солдату и Матросу, Soldier and Sailor Memorial
From Sevastopol, annexed to the Russian Federation but still considered by most UN member states as a city with special status within Ukraine (Photo: Anna Marcella)
Photo from “Little India” Penang, Malaysia. “Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rites and ceremonies. Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning during writing sessions.” (Photo: Anna Marcella)


By Anne Thurm-Meyer

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