The best leaders have proven that it isn’t arrogance or might that wins, but something more profound—leadership that comes from a deeper place within oneself that heals society instead of tearing it apart, which taps the power of understanding, the power of compassion, and the power of forgiveness to heal nations. Empathy, compassion and forgiveness are the qualities imbued in political forgiveness which heal and transform societies so that history does not have to repeat itself, breaking the cycles of hatred and violence.
This book illustrates how nations can rebuild themselves, applying a political forgiveness framework to stop social violence, and describes the tools needed to heal on an individual, community, and national level. It narrates powerful stories of political forgiveness processes around the world, so individuals and leaders from all walks of life can begin healing processes for their own nations. It addresses what political forgiveness is and why it is so important to achieve it. The book focuses on the intent and power of individuals in the public sphere, who become the way-showers of forgiveness, and what they have been able to achieve on personal, community, and national levels, renouncing past structural violence.
This book is grounded in Dr. Borris’ background as Director of Training at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy in Washington, D.C. and at the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, where she teaches graduate courses in conflict resolution processes. It will serve as a guide not only for those involved in international conflict resolution and diplomacy, but also for the general public interested in applying forgiveness in their daily lives, communities and their nation.