We face a number a number of profound challenges as a society. Without being exhaustive it is easy to list: Climate change, poverty, food, energy, extremism, corruption, energy and so on.
Without exception every one of these challenges is the consequence of human decisions.
The rather obvious conclusion is that, in spite of millennia of practice, we are still not good enough at taking decisions.
It is tempting to lay the blame for this poor decision making evenly across the whole of humanity, but that would miss the point.
There is one group who have both a disproportionate responsibility for the poor decisions and a disproportionate opportunity to get things right.
We call these people leaders.
Leaders are those who through force of personality, position or wealth influence their followers. Therefore it is not a failure of decision making by all, but particularly a failure of decision making by our leaders, or simply a failure of leadership.
Unfortunately a society gets the leaders they deserve, so, it does, in fact, come down to all of us and the leaders we choose to follow.
I suspect, part of the problem is that we don’t actually train very many people to lead (except in the military and possibly some elite schools like Eton).
Imagine if there was a proper leadership university. A place where young people could go to spend two or three years really studying and understanding leadership. Understanding responsibility, understanding decision making, understanding teamwork, influence, inspiration, humility and so on.
A place where students learn to lead in a way that takes full account of the long term consequences of their decisions. Where they learn to wield influence with humility, to inspire and empower their followers to be their greatest selves, to guide businesses, governments, organisations and societies, through example, in service of the greater good of all humanity and all life.
This is the vision of Holos, a new school for leadership with a 175 year vision to prepare generations of leaders who will lead our society to sustainability and fulfilment.
Realising such a vision is like building a cathedral, it is not the work of an individual or even of a single generation. If think you have anything to contribute to realising this vision please visit the website and make contact.
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