Creating meaningful change, is how I think about leadership, be it personal or professional. It is a simple definition taught to me by a long-ago mentor, one that I find eminently accessible and relevant and immortal and most closely aligned to shibumi. (Shibumi is a Japanese word that means ‘effortless perfection’)
To create is the act of bringing into existence something that was not there before. Action that is meaningful connects us to something larger, outside of ourselves, in service of others. And in that context, to change is the act of producing something new, different, and better. All of this becomes important because at some point in life, whether our work is parenting or presiding, each of us will reflect on the most important question of all: Have I made the most of what I have to offer the world? There should be only one right answer.