Is it: Too many ambitious individuals (males mainly)? Or: Too few leadership positions available in modern governments. Take you pick. They amount to the same thing actually.
What it means is that the preponderance of governments, and other institutions set up by them, are too large and too pyramidal in structure. Too many ambitious individuals fight it out between them in order to reach the too few positions with any personal power.
Compare this with family and small group organisations in which our social skills became more or less compatible over millions of years of evolution. No wonder that modern advanced governments are being increasingly described as broken.
The world of the future will go to those countries, regions, cities or corporations –whichever inherits the task of government — which learn to operate in small and modest sized units with, mainly, lateral linkages, rather than top-down ones.