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Leadership and will are strongly connected. How the will within is communicated and utilized is different with different leadership styles.
Will without heart can lead to a hollow and disconnected success, and it is also the way to dictatorship.
This can look like a person who drags others forward toward a goal regardless of the consequences. Propaganda, divisive rhetoric, and shoulds and should nots are some of the mechanisms involved in this style of leadership.
Heart without will results in partially developed ideas that swirl around a person but cannot be fully manifested, and this can look like anarchy.
This leadership style has a tendency to be reactive and emotional without a deeper understanding of the complicated factors encompassing the need and end result required. Will is the element that simultaneously presses-on, pushes-through to create the change as well as sees the bigger picture that incorporates the whole of the problem. So heart without that will component results in a lot of emotional smoke without a real transformation – think of the picture of the Peanuts character Linus surrounded by the grey cloud; – all that this leader can see is what is inside his head; he is unable to transform his concerns or ideas into something that can create change, or move a community beyond the vague sense of discontent.
Will and heart together are the best aspects of a powerful, intentional, and transformative leader. These together allow for individual needs and community needs both being attended to in equal measure, and this can look collaborative and consensus in nature, not a dictatorship or anarchist.
The quality of everything we do: our physical actions, our verbal actions, and even our mental actions, depends on our motivation. That’s why it’s important for us to examine our motivation in our day to day life. If we cultivate respect for others and our motivation is sincere, if we develop a genuine concern for others’ well-being, then all our actions will be positive. Dalai Lama
So what matters in this heart and will connection in leadership is attention (present-mindful-focus), and intention (compassionate, loving win-win motivation); caring for others even those with whom you disagree and a focus on mindful, present moment dialogue and action together toward the enhancement of all.
Leadership via collaboration is something more than facilitation of other’s needs. It is not just a separate role of listening and then divining what the group desires – it includes an inner strength of will, and an inner set of principles that are at the heart and will of the need and the solution. It is a spiraling process of involution and evolution allowing for the various aspects of the problem and solution to be identified and incorporated.
Leadership is one of the most human of actions. It incorporates a person’s ability to be altruistic while simultaneously incorporating individual needs.
Hermann Hesse wrote many novels in which he studied the human condition. In Siddhartha, and Magister Ludi which was published posthumously (also published under The Glass Bead Game) he described the individual search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. He also looked at the issues of individual needs versus needs of the group. His work has a lasting quality of important information for anyone seeking to develop an internal strength of will informed by a powerful heart-based internal guidance system. Understanding how and in what ways individual and group rights and responsibilities interplay is a foundational aspect for effective leadership.
M. Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, jr are representative of this kind of leadership as were the non-religious-biased actions of Jesus and Buddha. These men described a way of thinking and being as well as taking personal actions that were will and heart integrated to assist in the evolution of the spiritual consciousness of the environments in which they lived. These are not the only leaders who have integrated will and heart to create change however these are leaders that are well-known to this generation. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma (Myanmar) has been practicing this type of leadership to help transform her country throughout the last thirty years.
This idea of change is not owned by any political party, country, or religion it is a way of thinking and being that is directly guided by an integrated inner strength of will strongly influenced by a heart-based internal guidance system. For this system of leadership to be effective and for the profound good of all it cannot be biased by any ideology that is not connected to a genuine caring, compassionate, mindful, lovingkindness toward others, self and community.
You can create the change your group or community needs by integrating your heart and will so that you act from an inner strength of will informed by your heart-based internal guidance system.
You can develop your powerful leadership skills by simply focusing on listening and hearing in an open, evaluative, interested way, guided by your inner strength of will and heart-based internal guidance system, with the goal that best serves the community and the individual together.
For this to be successful and effective you have to:
- 1/develop your internal guidance system, read these to find out how how to develop a practice of internal guidance , inner guidance I , inner guidance II , inner guidance III , inner guidance IV
- 2/develop your listening and hearing skills (find out how in tomorrow’s blog)
- 3/develop your responding communication skills to reduce defensiveness, reactivity, and insecurity (find out how this month and read here for some background – insecurity and self-confidence , being real is the best defense , balancing the power differential , turn on the light , How and What more useful questions than Why , using mindfulness to see outcome
- 4/practice mindful paradigm shifting with a focus on understanding, discovery, collaboration, and areas of connection and transformation, read here for more information – interpreting bias in decision-making , developing a style of communicating , mindful speech , figure ground paradigm shifting.
This information is the focus of the essays throughout this month through May 20,2012.
Be the change you wish to see in the world – Gandhi). Be a leader. Start today by re-focusing your attention and intention to create what you recognize you, and your community, need for health and success.
This information is shared with so much love for you all. Beth