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Leading from profound purpose
The beauty, importance and especially the impact of leadership becomes most evident when it is absent. Like now, in turbulent times, with ever increasing crisis and feelings of uncertainty, fear and powerlessness. How do we lead society and our organizations to better times? How do we neutralize the ecological, social and spiritual crisis, which are obviously interconnected and mutually reinforcing? What are we to expect and do, in response to all the risks, challenges and developments?
Contrary to popular belief, the role of leadership in an organization is not primarily to make difficult decisions. In principle, almost anyone can do that. It goes a step further. The true role of leadership lies in what is implicit in taking difficult decisions; namely, (re)defining the organization, in what it wants to mean and be in society and to all stakeholders. It is therefore mainly about defining and shaping the profound purpose and non-negotiable core values, plus developing competencies to think, act and behave in line with this.
For example, that leaders are persons at the top of an organization. This is really a huge misconception. Responding effectively to systemic risks and crises requires involving many, many people in an organization – sometimes everyone – in the process of transformation. Leadership also does not lie with an individual, but is a distributed or collective capacity in an organization to respond effectively to change and transformation. Leadership, then, involves the collective ability to connect with, visualize, and shape the intent and the emerging future.
Leadership, then, is much more than creating and articulating a vision. Inspiring leaders with character therefore listen much more than they talk. Great leadership always begins with empathetic listening and critical consideration of the facts. With a wide open mind, heart and will. So that it becomes possible to serve the interests of all stakeholders from the profound purpose. By creating maximum value: financially, socially and environmentally.
CRISES AS A LESSON
How can we inspire and grow people and organizations within the limits of our planet? How do you become the best for the world instead of the best and greatest of the world? How do you make the best decisions when all the desired information is not available? How do you avoid the reflex and detrimental effects of directive leadership? What actions should you take immediately in times of major crises?
Below is an overview of fascinating inspiriments and unique experiences. About the ethics and philosophy and of leadership and the 10 laws of effective crisis management. These inspirations can also be tailored to specific sectors, such as education or healthcare. Or focused on public administration or investors. And even for people in non-leadership positions, who have to lead because their boss doesn’t!
Never waste a good crisis
2. Leadership in turbulent times
Dozen eminent reflections
3. Leadership and ethics
Nothing is as far away as yesterday’s utopias
4. Leadership and politics
5. Leadership and education
Don’t wait for wind. Row!
7. Conscious leadership
Wise lessons in practice
8. Practical perspectives
Starting points for my work
Six principles for my inspirements
Six principles are central to my work and they articulate what I stand for and what I strive for. You’ll find them in all my keynotes, master classes, workshops, lectures, books and other publications.