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LEADERSHIP WISDOM FROM. THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI. The 8 Rituals of Visionary Leaders. ISBN First Jaico Impression: Your Money or Your Life! The Tyranny of Global Finance. Translated by Raghu Krishnan with the collaboration of Vicki Br. PDF | The purpose of this paper is to reveal how the thinking of leadership is always in 'play' enacting the wisdom of practice. The 'know how' of leadership.
Their roles are so complex and demanding that it is impossible to fulfil them by applying current leadership theory alone. This book provides a clear, comprehensive, and compelling description of the nature, characteristics, and prerequisites of leadership that is wisdom led. It not only includes a detailed description of what is meant by wisdom-led leadership but it also describes how wisdom-led leadership can be developed based on current research data. In other words, practical ways to promote wisdom-led leadership are described. In addition, a metaphysical rationale for wisdom-led leadership is provided along with a detailed analysis of how this form of leadership can better prepare the leader to attend confidently and capably to their relational and organisational development demands, which are pivotal to their success.
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New Password. Email or Customer ID. Forgot password? Old Password. New Password. Your password has been changed. Returning user. Request Username Can't sign in? First remove the log and get right with yourself, then serve as an example and source of help leadership for others. The primary prerequisites for leadership and for administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR contain some insightful similarities.
Obviously we need to be alive, conscious, and breathing before we start trying to revive others through CPR. Similarly, living and leading ourselves properly is like the breath that sustains our ability to lead others and to guide them on how to work and live. On the contrary, leaders and followers form an organic whole that is required for leadership to unfold, and at the very core of the leadership process leaders and followers are one and the same.
We can and do lead ourselves. Self-leadership is the breath, and without it the leader is in need of some serious leadership CPR. According to Jesus they cannot. To do so is like trying to carry on without taking the time to breathe.
N OTE 1. The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible is the primary source of scripture passages throughout this book. In fact, he suggested that the only sure way to become great is to seek just the opposite. He directed that we should become last of all and the servant of all.
That is an awfully hard pill for most of us to swallow. Much that we have learned about human nature suggests how important it is to build up our selfesteem and our belief in ourselves. In this spirit the virtues of accomplishment in athletics, academics, work, and so forth have been prescribed as healthy medicine for our 17 18 Clean the Mirror Image psyche. What gives? Indeed, fruitfully using our gifts in constructive ways is a common theme throughout the Bible.
But Jesus sends a clear message that we should not exaggerate our sense of superiority, that we should not become too caught up in our own importance.
Most of all, he seems to be saying that those who are directly striving to be great as an end in itself are going at it the wrong way. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Certainly the idea of becoming passive and naive will not strike many as particularly constructive. On another occasion, when Jesus attended what apparently was a formal dinner at the home of an important man, he used the opportunity to teach further.
This time he seemed to suggest that being recognized as important is not all bad, but it needs to be based on a solid foundation of humility.
When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. This is especially true when that person does have the power or recognition to command the attention of others. Conversely, if they act with humility and greet others with respect, we are able to enjoy their prestige and status. It is as though we share in it and experience it vicariously ourselves.
As a leader he preached empowerment, teamwork, trust, cooperation, and the importance of every employee. I feel very comfortable with the lack of spotlight and limelight.
Greatness comes more from avoiding it than from seeking it. Or maybe more accurately, the seeds of greatness derive from humility and service. Rather, let it seek you in its own way and when the time is right. Go about your business pursuing constructive work and focus on 22 Clean the Mirror Image honoring and recognizing the contributions of others rather than your own.
I have personally found this to be true with many students I have worked with over the years. When I have encouraged them to pursue their own interests and to apply and celebrate their unique talents, they have often pulled me into highly productive projects. Sometimes they seem to work too hard.
In summary, try to rediscover natural childlike qualities that are too often driven out of us at an early age such as curiosity and playfulness that can feed creativity and innovation, and combine humility with a natural optimism that you can accomplish whatever you set out to do.
All the while, practice being in awe of the unique and wonderful contributions each human being makes, and acknowledge and reinforce their efforts. These seem to be the lessons that Jesus wants us to learn.
Perhaps one of my favorite quotes, attributed to Nathaniel Hawthorne, sums it up best. It deals with happiness, but it could just as well have been focused on greatness. N OTES 1. James B. It is what comes out of a person that defiles.
For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person. Books, magazines, TV shows, and self-help gurus have all pointed to the importance of impression management. We are encouraged to clean up our 25 26 Clean the Mirror Image act on the outside, to create an external illusion of who we are, in order to get ahead in the world.
In contrast, Jesus says it is not the outside that counts. He is directing us to cleanse our insides. In fact, he suggests that external things are relatively unimportant because they do not really enter our hearts. Instead, he challenges us, we should look within ourselves and get our internal act together. It is hard to deny that many of us let ourselves go on the outside which is a symptom of problems on the inside. Many of us eat or drink too much, and being a couch potato seems to be a valued art that countless persons are trying to perfect.
Indeed, most us of us have a variety of external physical habits that need to be changed. What is often forgotten is that we also develop poor mental habits, and consequently poor mental physiques. Excessive TV viewing, greater preoccupation with material things than with important interpersonal relationships, and a general avoidance of significant thinking and learning are all common symptoms of our poor internal condition.
Self-observation and self-analysis can be important foundations for internal self-cleansing. First, we need to take stock of our current internal condition. Observing and keeping track of thoughts that affect our general quality of life can be very helpful. For example, we can ask, What aspects of our work lives are we struggling with the most?
What tends to set us off on a destructive mental tirade? We can even record our reactions systematically when they occur, how long they last, what kind of dysfunctional behavior or physical symptoms result, and so on on a slip of paper we carry with us. Once we have made our observations, we can use the information we have gathered to analyze the situation. What can we do to create more functional responses? How can we establish new, more constructive mental habits?
Is there a good book available or a class we might take to begin the process of positive change? In general, how can we get our insides in better shape? For years I have assigned managers in my professional MBA classes and training programs personal self-leadership projects.
They have tailored a variety of self-leadership strate- 28 Clean the Mirror Image gies to address challenges in their own situations. For a two-week period he recorded notes each time he encountered a situation that caused him to be upset and to react in a destructively punitive way toward others.
He discovered that he experienced an average of three or four of these episodes each day and approximately 90 percent involved occasions when his followers did not unquestioningly comply with his directions. Over the following months he consciously attempted to let go of projects once they were assigned to subordinates so they could have increasing freedom and psychological ownership of their work. His emotional and destructive reactions gradually diminished, and morale among his followers increased significantly.
Most of all, he realized that his biggest interpersonal problems were the result of his own internal problems. Cleanse Your Insides 29 One of the reasons that cleaning up our insides is so important is that it can put us in a much better position to help others.
This raises once more an important question we need to ask ourselves: How can we expect to lead others successfully if we cannot lead ourselves? Also, people nearly always see through the illusion that we have created.
Our actions, behavior, and generally turbulent mental states will give us away. Again, it cannot be emphasized too much that one of the primary ways that effective leaders influence others is through the example they set. Our choices and resulting behavior are usually more powerful and important than anything we say.
And what is inside of us lays the foundation for what comes out of us. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come. If instead we place our effort on creating an efficient internal factory of effective moral thinking, we will establish a continuous productive stream of exemplary leader behaviors from which others can learn. Once we get our insides cleaned up, our outsides should take care of themselves. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.
So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Do you dedicate a great deal of attention and energy to worrying about failures of the past or concerns of the future? What is your honest appraisal of 31 32 Clean the Mirror Image what you accomplish when you worry? What are the fruits of your worry labor? Jesus articulated perhaps the most penetrating analysis of the futility of worry ever offered. In fact, my favorite part of the worry-free philosophy he advocated deals with the issue of what worry accomplishes.
Obviously, unless we are masochistic, we do not enjoy the worry process for its own sake. As Jesus points out, it cannot add to our lives even a tiny instant in the course of time. In fact, the mounting medical Stop Worrying 33 evidence suggests the opposite: that the stress caused by worry can lead to a vast array of personal problems, including dramatically life-shortening illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and many others.
Indeed, worry cannot add even a tiny amount to our longevity, but it can significantly shorten it, and sometimes dramatically. A plethora of studies have blamed stress for countless health problems and billions of dollars of costs.
And a very poisonous ingredient of destructive stress is the mental process we call worry. Despite tremendous progress in knowledge and practice in health care over the past few decades, the epidemic of destructive worry and stress persists. For example, one of the recent major concerns of people at work is fear of job loss. A four-year survey of 2.
While such concern is understandable given that many people have lost jobs, it is also interesting to note that this widespread worry was found at a time of low unemployment. Furthermore, most of us accept and believe this persistent message. The problem is that doing something about the worry process is one of the most elusive challenges of human existence. Worry can lead to physical drain, illness, psychological turmoil, and damage to interpersonal relationships.
My own life has been replete with evidence of the destructive capacity of worry. In a previous career in retailing I had a boss who reported such extensive worry that he experienced persistent insomnia.
He also developed a nervous stomach that frequently caused him to become physically ill. Another former coworker admitted that he drank heavily every night to deaden the pain of his anxiety and worry.
The cases are nearly endless. I have personally experienced depleted energy and various physical symptoms during stressful life experiences. So eliminating worry has become extremely important to me. Indeed, as noted earlier, evidence points to strong links between worry-induced stress and illness and disease, drug and alcohol abuse, and a host of the worst plagues of human existence.
Self-help books and seminars offering techniques that promise to remove fear and worry from our lives seem to be everywhere in our contemporary fast-paced, competitive society. Unfortunately, however, most Stop Worrying 35 of these potential remedies produce only short-term or inadequate improvements for most people. What seems to be needed is a more pervasive shift in our entire belief system and well-thought-out, customized behavioral strategies for addressing the all-too-seductive worry process.
The real cure for worry may well rest in a fundamental shift in the way we view ourselves and the way we live on a daily basis. I have personally found the philosophy and prescriptions of self-help psychology to be useful but never enough.
In my broad search I have not found a more powerful yet straightforward philosophy than that offered some years ago by Jesus.
Worry and the negative stress it causes detract dramatically from our enjoyment of everyday life and accomplish nothing of value. It makes us tired and ornery.
And even though we would like to believe that it can be a sign of love for those about whom we worry, the drain it places on us actually makes us less capable of loving. So what can we do about worry?
Jesus suggests two important strategies. First, we can recognize our worry and its futility. That is, we can take charge of our thoughts rather than letting worry run wild to ravage our minds and our energy. Instead, we can become fully aware of it and recognize its 36 Clean the Mirror Image wastefulness. This exhortation is very consistent with the widespread conventional wisdom that calls us to focus on the present, to live in the moment.
Of course, many other prescriptions are available that build on the worry-busting philosophy that Jesus provided.
For example, one approach based on a procedure described by Rowland Folensbee the director of a Houston worry clinic includes three primary steps: 1 recognize worry as soon as it occurs, 2 interrupt the worry with techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation or meditation Jesus would suggest prayer , and 3 set aside a thirty-minute period each day to worry.
Many clients have experienced reductions in worry of nearly 50 percent using this procedure. For example, an insurance company president reported being a chronic worrier all his life. He was exhausted from sleepless nights, and his productivity and quality of life had suffered greatly.
After applying the worry-reduction procedure for a few months, his worry had all but faded away. E1, E3. Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to the emperor, or not? Whose head and whose title does it bear? Self-serving immoral behavior was just not an acceptable choice.
This passage from the book of Luke describes a fascinating situation in which Jesus is challenged to address an emotionally charged, controversial issue. The question about whether it was right for persons to be forced to pay taxes, particularly when many tax collectors collected more than they were supposed to and pocketed a portion of what they collected, was a heated issue.
In so doing he would be stating publicly his opposition to the authority of the state, potentially a very serious crime.
But Jesus knew it was a trap. Further, he possessed an insight regarding the situation that was far more interesting than the simplistic response his challengers expected.