Values based leadership is the new better normal. From a indigenous perspective the world is changing and leadership is turning towards holistic wellbeing of their leadership.
The biggest problem we have now is the trust factor of leaders and the well being of the people. Professor Mason Durie created the Whare Tapa Wha Holistic model of health emphasizing the wellbeing of Maori people utilizing the Marae as a symbol. In the Samoan context this framework is similar connotations with the Fonofale model created by Samoan Fuimaono Karl Pulotu Enderman.
The western corporate model is based on the individual pursuit of excellence and contradicts the indigenous collective approach. Over the past year Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern empasised the the key behaviour change in 'Being Kind' and the collective responsibility of the team of 5 million. We were going through lockdown procedures and the pragmatic approach to adapting.
So how does this fit into the issues and challenges especially with the ensuring Pandemic raging across the globe COVID-19? In the UK they have gone into another lockdown to save their Christmas as their Prime Minister Boris Johnson uttered. There are still restrictions and restructure procedures and a rise of unemployment. And we know now that these cases where many people
From a Pasifika perspective-and here I speak on my own experiences-using the fonofale holistic model summarizes In brief, the holistic worldview of Samoan peoples. When we look at a western house with its four walls house in the Samoan context a Maota-Meeting house in Aotearoa New Zealand Marae Maori meeting house. It’’s made up of a number of things in which that like to briefly talk about it now Firstly, the most important thing of, of a Maota is the foundation of the foundation and this context is the spiritual aspect or the pou-Pole of the meeting house. Fa’avae I le Atua Samoa- The foundation, the person in the perspective of a Pacifica is founded on God. From there you have four poles which hold up the roof for each pole symbolises from one physical number to the spiritual. Number three the mafaufau or the mental aspect, the mental well being and the four the belief of the person could include gender, that include the age, New Zealand born, Pacific born. There’s context it’s the culture and the culture symbolizes person’s beliefs, equipment, different ways of knowing.
So when we look at the well being of people we look at from a indigenous perspective.