You can boost
and hence your
career by understanding this one thing that most
leaders miss: great leadership incorporates a spiritual
spiritual dimension has been a part of leadership since time in memorial; but
in today's global economy, it is undergoing an historic, universal transformation.
It's a transformation that speaks directly to your individual leadership and career
when we talk about the spiritual in leadership, we must, first and foremost, talk
about results -- the results leaders achieve. Concrete results. Hard, measured
results. Plus, we must talk about getting more of them, getting them faster, and
getting "more, faster" continually. Otherwise, there is no sense in
delving into the spiritual aspect of leadership.
are the stuff that leaders are made of. If they're not getting results, they won't
be leaders for long. Results come in countless forms and functions. But one thing
they all share: they are material consequences of actions.
can't see spirit, you can't hear it, you can't smell it, you can't taste it, you
can't feel it; however, if you ignore the non-material that the spiritual encompasses,
you'll give short shrift to your leadership.
as the root word for spirit comes from Latin "to breathe" so spiritual
dimensions of leadership are its very life-breath;
for through it, the greatest
results are achieved.
has been applied to many different things in different fields: to stealth bombers,
corporations, rock bands, comic book characters, etc. In religion,
spirit is the concept of an innate essence of a being. All religions embrace spirit
in many ways. But when applied to leadership, spirit is differently manifested
than with organized religions. The spiritual aspect of leadership I'm talking
about must be exerted universally in the global market place, across cultures,
groups, etc. No religion has a corner on the spirit of leadership.
there is a universal ground for the kind of spirit needed in today's leadership:
the spiritual wisdom
of tribal cultures. Anthropologists have come to identify common features in the
diversity of tribal cultures around the world.
First, they are earth-based. The relationship
between the earth and the people is one of mystical interdependence. Second,
of nature, the acts of daily life, birth/death,
nature and the cosmos are all invested with deep meaning through ritual and dance.
Third, most tribal cultures view all individual things that make up our universe
-- rocks, stars, mountains, rivers, people, animals, fish, etc. -- as interdependent.
interdependence is not just a physical dynamic. Yes, we live on the same earth,
breath the same air, and are all mortal. But tribal cultures understand
it as a spiritual dynamic as well. Unlike the concept of human souls, which are
to be eternal and preexisting, one's spirit according to tribal wisdom develops
and grows as an integral aspect of a person living interdependently with the community
and its environment.
these interdependent features of tribal spiritual wisdom can be applied with dramatic
consequences to global leadership. Just as tribe members saw themselves as interdependent
with their tribe and their spiritual deities and dictums, so today's leaders in
order to be
truly successful on a global stage must see themselves in similar interdependent
terms. However, the difference today is that interdependence is not with a tribe
but with people the world over and with the world environment. That's a profound,
spiritual leadership lesson, hard but necessary to actualize, from which great
leadership results flow.
do we actualize this spiritual imperative? Enter the Leadership Talk. I have been
teaching the Leadership Talk to leaders of all ranks and functions worldwide for
nearly a quarter of a century. It works on the premise that great results happen
primarily when leaders establish a deep, human, emotional
connection with people. When I first began developing and teaching it, I saw
it as a powerful results generator. It is that. In fact, the Leadership Talk is
the most powerful
leadership results generator of all. But I had not really understood why until
recently. Now, I see each one of those descriptors, "deep, human, emotional",
which grew organically out of my having to work with leaders challenged to get
great results, are fundamentally spiritual in nature. That's because they are
predicated on the spiritual wisdom of interdependence. A key reason the Leadership
Talk has helped
leaders get great, material results for nearly 25 years is its driving methodologies
are fundamentally spiritual.
is forcing broad and deep changes in human relationships as organizations are
being challenged to achieve
greater results than ever before. When you understand that the best results
come from practical processes bolstered with spiritual dynamics connected to tribal
wisdom, you'll have an opportunity to achieve an unmatched competitive advantage
in the world marketplace.
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