I read (think and write) a lot about leadership topics. And I think we have come a long way. And I notice something that is a surprise even to me:
It was a fantastically long way we went from fiefdom until we arrived at the current concept of #newwork. We managed this in just a little more than a hundred years. That is exceptional, even if the path was at times a bloody one!
It is a good example for a utopian idea becoming reality.
However, all the things we dream of and we can read in all the great blogs on #newwork are not restricted to leadership. No! They are generally valid as a concept for how we treat other people.
It does not matter if we are talking a relationship, a family or some other kind of social system that unites people for a certain time. It is our life!
What I want to say is that the philosophy on which our life is based should be exactly the same as what we call leadership philosophy. There is no difference. Both in the family and in the enterprise, I am dealing with people.
So we have now come to the general agreement that the guidelines in life should be empathy, joy, respect, appreciation, fondness, courage, optimism and love. And not chilliness, frustration, arrogance, non-appreciation, hatred, fear, reservations and hatred.
Also, I have come to the conclusion that this philosophy of life and leadership should not be restricted to human interactions. No, we also need to meet social systems with empathy, respect, appreciation – and we need to move therein with courage and love. And it is also true for how we treat our environment and all of nature with all its creatures!
If I want to live sustainable, then I also have to love myself and EVERYTHING else. That means all other people, nature and the entire world.
Otherwise all we have is infatuation. That is also a nice feeling, but it never lasts long.
(Translated by EG)