Humanity is in a pretty challenging space right now. We face genuinely existential threats from climate change and other environmental damage, that we have created and yet we continue to focus more on what divides us that what could unite us.
Our crisis is one of leadership. Do we continue to train, elect, select and promote leaders motivate the worst in us and divide us, or do we choose different leaders, those who inspire the best in us and unite us?
Any crisis gets as deep as it needs to get for people to learn the lesson.
We only have the possibility to transcend or succumb to any challenge – until we don’t anymore.
If humanity is to transcend the crisis of our wilful destruction of our life supporting biosphere we have to start training, electing, selecting and promoting a very different kind of leader.
Our desire to avoid personal responsibility leads us to choosing leaders who promise that they know the answers to the problems that really matter and that they are the ones to solve them. Inevitably this means that the problems we end up addressing, with varying levels of success, are simple and the proposed solutions are short term. Generally these solutions themselves steal from the future and thus create more problems than they solve.
Whereas the real problems we face are “wicked problems”, solutions are complex and multifaceted and require large scale alignment and behaviour change to solve.
Most of the leaders we tend to choose are not competent to solve these problems so they distract our attention onto seemingly solvable issues like immigration or religious differences. Even articulating these things as problems is counter productive, but it gets them elected.
Humanity is like a species in it’s teens, just wanting to focus on our own gangs and pleasure, unwilling to even consider the long term. We urgently need to grow up.
Consistent with these being wicked problems we don’t know the solution, but we do know the answer.
The answer is universal integral authentic leaders. A massive upgrade in leadership across all areas of society – education, business, public services, charities, government, military, science and religion.
Authentic leadership means knowing yourself and being it skilfully in all situations AND empowering followers by creating the kind of psychological safety that enables them to be authentic too.
Integral leadership means inspiring followers by honouring all life and the past and future.
Authentic Integral leadership aligns us to solve wicked problems that might imperil the future of life, by inspiring the best in us and using the lessons from history.
The irony for those who would seek enrichment by the conventional means of extraction or exploitation is that the potential from an authentic integral approach is far higher. Businesses that use the authentic integral approach create value for the future (rather than stealing from it) and therefore have the potential to generate sustained success.
Holos helps make change easy. We help organisations develop their leaders, map out and deliver the changes required to achieve sustained success even in a highly disrupted environment.
At Holos we have been studying change leadership and leadership training in the crucible of reality for years. We know what great leadership looks like and we know the journey to achieve it. We have developed a suite of diagnostic tools to understand where companies and teams are on this journey and how to take them from there to sustained success.
Holos has a wealth of specialist leadership and culture coaches and consultants with decades of experience working with a huge variety of leaders. Holos can help you or your organisation to upgrade it’s leadership to flourish even in a challenging business environment.
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