Fire, Flood, pestilence and plagues of Locusts

2020 has opened with an almost biblical foreshadowing of the apocalypse.   Over the last century as the global population has grown from 1.9 Billion to 7.8 Billion today, in spite of two world wars, we have consistently plundered the future.  After all of this abuse the planet is finally fighting back.

Unprecedented wildfires in the Arctic, Amazon, California and Australia have destroyed ecosystems and spewed millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere.

Floods in Indonesia, Australia and the UK caused by extreme deluges of rain – 400mm overnight in Jakarta and the wettest February on record in the UK.

The Coronavirus, Covid 19 showing all of the signs of being the worst pandemic since the Spanish Flu of 1919.

And the plague of locusts that is rampaging across Africa destroying crops and likely to cause famine.

All of these apocalyptic scenarios are playing out simultaneously, all are the result of an expansive human population addicted to stealing from the future, all are the result of inadequate leadership.

The existential question is can our ravaged planet sustain the predicted 9.7 billion people in 2050, on a shrinking land mass, or will it self regulate to a lower number?

As in every crisis we face the choice to transcend or succumb.  The default choice on our present trajectory is to succumb.

To be clear, what succumbing means is a population reduction that is significant enough for the ecosystem to recover.

In order to avoid that scenario we have to transcend our current kleptocratic operating model and create one that is capable of sustaining 8 or 10 billion people.

The deciding factor in this choice is leadership.

As long as we continue to elect, select, promote, appoint and follow the kind of leaders who steal from the future – “Boss” and “Ruler” style leaders in Holos terminology – leaders whose primary motivation is status the choice we are making is to succumb.  These leaders will prioritise loyalty over competence in their teams and will create false trade offs and competition with those we need to collaborate with.  These policies will lead to an apocalyptic loss of life.

The alternative is to elect, select, promote, appoint, follow and train authentic leaders.  Leaders who create sustained and sustainable success by enabling people to be the best version of themselves most of the time.  Leaders who are primarily motivated by purpose.  Choosing, being and following Authentic leaders in schools, government, business, faith groups, hospitals, military and everywhere is the only thing that will enable us to transcend this crisis and be worthy of being sustained.

Holos is committed to a vision of Universal Authentic Leadership.

Join us in this quest by sharing your stories of authentic leadership you have experienced under #greatleadershipproject, by pursuing your own journey of authentic leadership and by never, ever electing, selecting, promoting or following Boss or Ruler style leaders.

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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Neil Crofts
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About Neil Crofts

Writer, coach and consultant on authentic business and authentic leadership. Neil has inspired and motivated hundreds organisations and thousands of individuals to their highest potential. Neil has written three published books and numerous e-books. Neil is a coach, facilitator and consultant helping people and businesses find their authentic purpose and use it to inspire and motivate them to be everything that they can be. Neil has raced cars, been self-employed, run a company and sold it, been employed by large companies, experienced growth and contraction at the heart of the dotcom boom, tried changing companies from the inside and from the outside as European Head of Strategy at internet consultancy/rock band Razorfish. Neil has been independent for over 10 years and delivered his Authentic Leadership message to a diverse range of business audiences including people at BP, Shell, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, MSN, Jamie Oliver, South Gloucestershire Council, National Blood Transfusion Service, KaosPilots Business School, Fashion company By Malene Birger, German technology company Eleven.
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