Leading toward a higher purpose
A better world for all is not only a necessity, it now actually seems like a possibility. A possibility because we’ve all been ‘taken off line’ to some degree to find a new part of ourselves. A part that has been calling to us but which probably has struggled to get a look in in the ‘old normal’.
That part is our heart and as business leaders we know this part of ourselves in terms of being passionate about the business agenda or challenging the organisation about diversity and inclusion. Or maybe because we recognise the fundamental need for humanness and leadership rooted in kindness and understanding.
The ‘new’ part of the heart that we need to access is about seeing our organisation in a wider context. Seeing the indisputable interconnectedness that exists between our community, the organisation and all other parts of human and planetary life.
A tiny virus is showing us that economically, politically, ethically, socially there is a much greater level of interdependence than we maybe consider. As leaders of organisations the time is here now for us to take a long hard look at the purpose of our organisation and to ask ourselves whether it is truly serving the achievement of a better world for all.
Of course, we still need to be economically viable but that will increasingly be determined by the degree to which what we offer is seen to be essential to a better world for all. Values are shifting. Perhaps not wholesale. Perhaps not yet a tsunami but they are shifting.
If we’ve ever deserved the title of ‘leader’, the time is now for us all to assume the full responsibility of that function and commit ourselves to a higher purpose that really does take the world toward a better place for all.