“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.”
― Lao Tzu
Real leaders are rare. Far too common are the people who insist they are leaders because they want the title, or they want power or they want control, but these people are not leaders.
Leaders care for people and we’ve seen stories about people in positions of power discard people because the bottom line is what they thought they were leading.
Take a look at NextJump an organization that is intentional about real leadership. Organizations that lead from the heart lead better than organizations that lead from the bottom line. Another organization that is leadership focused is Barry-Wehmiller and is an example other companies could learn from.
Leadership begins with the human heart and being deeply concerned about the welfare of others. Do you work in an organization that cares about the employees? How do they do that?
Take a look at this video by Simon Sinek, listen to the story of real leadership in action. Imagine working for a company who put you first, imagine what that would be like.
“The most dangerous person on the planet is the person with no hope.”
John Hope Bryant (CEO of Operation HOPE)
What does a leader do? A leader inspires hope, a hope for a better tomorrow, a better you, a better world and better lives for everyone. A leader inspires beyond what they want for themselves but what they see is a better world.
All too often leaders of the current era are working to promote their own good. A quick look at the current economic crisis will quickly dispel the myth that the leaders of the financial institutions were real leaders. The corporate banking “leaders” were figuring out ways that would increase their own wealth at the expense of many others.
The world is now hungry for a new breed of leadership. The kind of leadership that serves others globally (not locally or with a limited audience) and helps to start a movement to serve all people in all places.
Perhaps the next shift in leadership will be in the development of community based enterprises that collaborate together, living in harmony using organic principles of organization to create a thriving global economy. Think of the world as a balanced ecosystem rather than a hierarchical system where relatively few have enough.
The power of collaboration inside and outside of current organizations to create a larger dialogue that is about ideas will benefit everyone. Moving from a small base of power where ideas are kept locked up and hidden behind to a place where ideas percolate in a global community to be refined and developed would benefit more rather than fewer.
What stops people from leading? Fear!