What Should Be The Qualities Of a 21st Century Leader?

If I were talking to you as a modern leader I would advise you as follows:

  1.  Be mostly concerned with your vision of the organization’s reality, rather than just its goals and objectives. Know that you are the Sense-Maker, the one who understands and conveys the overall concept of the organization—its purpose and meaning, and why it’s in business.
  2. Be mostly concerned with integrity and dharma (living one’s truth), rather than being merely honest. Know that you are the Moral Architect, the leader of character, the one who creates an environment saturated with integrity, who makes living by one’s inner truth workable.
  3. Be mostly concerned with establishing human values and basic virtue, rather than just setting priorities. Know that you are the Steward of the organization’s values, the one who creates the conditions for integrity to come forward, and keeps watch over itpage7image20480.page7image21560
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  1.  Be mostly concerned with your own peace of mind and depth of composure, rather than just plans and strategies. Know that you are the Leadership Yogi, the one of calm, determined action who generates the organization’s state of mind.
  2. Be mostly focused on the principle of Giving, rather than merely getting your own share. Know that you are the Servant, the one who grasps the universal law behind giving—that you always get what you give—the one who creates an overall aura of helpfulness.
  3. Be mostly concerned with the organization’s energy, heart and spirit, instead of only its performance. Know that you are the Spiritual Guide, the one who builds an organization that liberates the very best in people.
  4. Be mostly concerned with the organization’s culture, its basic “personality”—rather than just its structure and manner of operating. Know that you are the Whole-Maker, the one who at some high level of consciousness knows the basic oneness of all beings and creates an overall sense of unity.
  5. Be mostly concerned with showing gratitude and acknowledging successes, instead of only correcting errors. Know that you are the Optimist, the one who incessantly recognizes the contributions of people and brings an overall mood of cheerful optimism to the organization.
  6. Be mostly concerned with establishing an overall air of conviction and assurance, instead of being merely a problem solver and decision maker. Know that you are the Spiritual Warrior, the one of courage who lives in constant, awareness of inner truth, the one who fosters self- confidence and individuality.

– Jack Hawley

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