When you're building a career, it's easy to get caught up in the corporate game. Each industry and company has its own flavor and politics, but they usually align around a few key themes like 1) always win (even better when someone else has to lose) 2) never show weakness and 3) make sure you get credit (or as 2Pac put it so many times, "I gotta get mine. You gotta get yours.").
If we are serious about saving coral reefs and the many benefits they provide to wildlife and people, we must resist the temptation to engineer small platforms of land aimed solely at flexing geopolitical muscle. Instead, we must prioritize conservation and management actions that allow corals to thrive.
One global study of 2,422 millennials showed that less than 20% of them desire to be a leader at a large organization. Why? Because they view the traditional role of a leader as one that places too much emphasis on profits and production, and not enough on developing people or contributing to societal good.
We all know of leaders who start off well, but squander that opportunity. What happens along the way? They let the power go to their heads, or they take advantage of their position and decide to further their own interests. They veer off course, and ultimately fail to behave with dignity and respect.