The time has come for us to move past the illusion of separateness.
Conscious leadership calls for inclusivity, multidimensionality,
intergenerational and interdisciplinary focus and common experience that
goes beyond boundaries of rank, belief systems or nationality and
touches the core of who we are.
What can we do to reach this level of inner and outer harmony that comes
through collective efforts rather than conflict? What do wisdom
traditions offer that is relevant in our modern world?
Listen from the heart to what has meaning and lead from there. As a
cross-cultural consultant I worked with hundreds of corporate employees
working internationally. Rather than judge another, we taught our
clients to go beneath the surface of a behavior that differed from their
own to find deeper meaning. This led to understanding and acceptance,
more productive negotiations and perhaps even a shared knowing.
For example, when a Japanese business man is silent, it is wise to
note that the Japanese listen to the ‘hara’, the belly, for information
rather than use superfluous words and explanations. Not rushing into an
answer is wise. We can learn from each other, if we take the time to
slow down enough to listen.
Appreciate what I call the Three Points of Connection: Nature,
Humanity and Universal Wisdom. In the beautiful rice fields of Bali,
Indonesia stands a shrine. The farmer is reminded of his connection to
his fellow human beings, to Nature and to the Spirit world. The Balinese
give offerings throughout the day to the Gods. The peacefulness in the
air is palpable. There is a feeling of generosity and oneness. And lots
When leaders and citizens remember to appreciate the Three Points of
Connection, everything else will fall into place. We will know, from
deep within, that to care for our environment is not only a privilege
but natural because as we care for the earth we care for ourselves. We
will know that going beyond boundaries of difference and age-old
conflict enables us to make peace with our neighbors and co-create a
world where children live happily and healthfully. And, when we return
to source as the partner in creating our world, we will not falter in
our ability to move towards a positive future that is inclusive of all
sentient beings, as the great mystical traditions teach.
Creating a harmonious and inclusive future takes a village. Gather
small groups in your organization and begin to listen deeply to each
other. Better yet, take a walk outside and commune with Nature. Give
thanks for the beauty that surrounds you and take time to smell the
roses. All things will go smoother from there.
President, Global Bridge Productions