Reading on the ambiya and great leaders of the past, common themes springs to mind.
Fear and humility.
Nowadays we elect leaders based on their impressive oratory skills and ability to convince. The attribute of dominance is highly valued, which is why elections are now a circus of power and displays of might.
In short, those with dominant personalities and a love for the limelight are seen as the best leaders.
How flawed this notion is.
The Prophets of old, and many of the great men throughout history, were all reluctant rulers. They did not crave power. They had it thrust upon them. They did not yearn for dominance, nor lust after rulership.
They were chosen due to their humble natures and unassuming characters. Sitting in their company, you would assume they would be the most fearful and humble of the gathering.
They would all value fear of Allah swt above anything else. Every decision was based on enhancing piety and obeying the commands of the Lord of all lords.
The fact that they would never put themselves forward for positions of leadership says it all.
Where has this humility and fear gone? Men who want these posts of power must be treated with caution and extreme scrutiny. Most nowadays view themselves as the law, if not above it. They are judge, jury and executioner. Decisions are based on political dominance and power consolidation. Nationalism is rampant, and the masses are regularly pawns in their games of control.
I may be wrong, but this disillusionment with the world is based on these issues