New Leadership Starts With Awareness
By Ron van Helvoirt on Feb 9, 2021 ❘ 4 min read
Our world urgently needs new leadership
Unlike in the past, all elements at macro level - demographic, economic, social, cultural, technological, environmental and political - are now under pressure. We feel that this is no longer tenable. Positive change is needed to restore the balance towards an inclusive society. With new leaders and a different perspective on leadership.
So many leaders, so many leadership styles. Many studies have been carried out into which leadership style can best be applied when. All recorded in as many management books and articles. Lecture rooms are full when a new leadership style has presented itself. Always the same people taking part. Always based on the one-size-fits-all principle.
Now that 2020 is coming to an end and a new cyclical law is starting, it is good to ask the question what kind of leadership is the answer to the changes that are coming.
We have been presented with the bill for excessive capitalism and neo-liberalism. Exactly this is the main reason for the skewed balance of power between capital and labor, rich and poor, right and left, elite and citizens. Of increasing inequality with catastrophic consequences. Which is largely due to the stubbornness of the government.
Employer and employee have to deal with this. You see that people tend to fall back on old instinctive patterns. The largely disproportionate fear of corona shows this. To get out of this, a different way of life is needed. Our identity, which we now largely derive from material matters, will depend much more on the people and contacts we have. There will be developments both on a global scale and in local communities. Communities of which organizations are part.
This requires thorough preparation. This requires new leadership. Leadership that encourages creativity and removes fear. Leadership that encourages us to connect with people and the environment in a different way.
New leadership starts with awareness
“Important aspects here are the different levels. The physical level, the feeling level, the thinking level, the social level and the spiritual level.”
Becoming aware is our challenge. Because, becoming conscious and conscious thinking costs energy. We naturally prefer not to do that either. It is much more pleasant to rely on our routine. Our preconception is also in that routine. In our comfort zone. And that's handy too, because that comfort thinking is about 250,000 times faster than our conscious thinking. Conscious thinking, which takes place in our dis-comfort and is often new behavior. Acting from the comfort zone also costs a lot less energy. Is easier. Is often also learned behavior. This subconscious determines 95-97% of our behavior. A very small part of our behavior is therefore only conscious. And that is a pity. Because that is where our growth potential lies and the opening to new leadership!
The spiritual level
“An inclusive society can only exist by being meaningful to each other, being able to develop your talents and knowing and pursuing the fulfilment of your deeper life purpose.”
New leadership is much more than a layer of marketing, it is really a deep ground to move forward. The only way to achieve this is by opening up through your 'out of comfort zone' experiences. The strange, weird experiences outside your comfort zone, which are somewhat radical. Often strange. Usually they are very valuable. Not always but nine times out of ten, that's my conviction. And that's one way to find your purpose. We think the goal is a conclusion, something rational. It's certainly not a conversation on the couch. It is not a method or an exercise. They still take place in your head. The answer is in your subconscious. You have to be aware of that. It can appear spontaneously by merging different things. It comes to you. That is where your purpose unfolds. And we are no longer used to that in this day and age. We think that everything comes from the mind, but sometimes things come from the universe. Or whatever we want to call it.
No management books, but literature
“Management books teach us nothing about ourselves and people. Don't challenge us to think more deeply about our real life purpose.”
We have lost our intuitive side and imagination. Imagination comes just uninvited. During a walk, when reading a book, etcetera. These are valuable insights. Valuable answers. Believing in synchronicity. Surrendering to them is not haphazard. As long as you continue to lead from the mind detached from your heart, your body, the spirit of the age, the universe and nature, total independence, you will miss the essence. You miss the bond. New leadership is needed now, more than ever. It is not new either, we just have to rediscover it.
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