Servant Leadership is A Gateway To Prosperity and Success
This article is a part of the ongoing radio talks on Spiritual and Servant Leadership:
20141213 Spiritual Leadership – Quantum Physics of Beliefs – See more at: http://quantumphysicsofbeliefs.com/20141213-spiritual-leadership-quantum-physics-beliefs/
20141220 Servant Leadership – Quantum Physics of Beliefs – See more at: http://quantumphysicsofbeliefs.com/20141220-servant-leadership-quantum-physics-beliefs/
20141227 Ethical Leadership – Quantum Physics of Beliefs – See more at: http://quantumphysicsofbeliefs.com/20141227-ethical-leadership-quantum-physics-beliefs/
20150110 EGO Blind Spots vs EQ – Quantum Physics of Beliefs – See more at: http://quantumphysicsofbeliefs.com/20150110-ego-blind-spots-vs-eq-quantum-physics-beliefs/
And, an upcoming Round Table discussion on Jan 17th – See more at: http://quantumphysicsofbeliefs.com/radioshows/
When we believe that prosperity and success are something that could be appropriated – by cleverly acquiring the right resources and deploying them through an intelligent strategy – what we miss, is the awareness that in every moment we are in a relationship – certainly with major stakeholders – employees, customers, investors, vendors, community and planet – but also with all beings on the planet. Businesses and communities are made up of human beings, living in human nature, and all interconnected.
Therefore, if we interact thinking “it’s just all about us”, we are creating an imbalance in nature that will ultimately lead to failure. Because we are denying the actuality of the relationships that are already happening.
The first of the many leadership practices that leaders must inculcate, on a path to real prosperity and success, is servant leadership. Standing inside the intention of being in service to another human being – not just as a means to profit – but because we care about their well being. This is also a potent antidote to the toxic behavior of craving and greed that causes so much stress and disturbance in organizations and society.
Step #1 is to let go of the illusion that strategy with the intention to appropriate and accumulate will lead to prosperity. While there is a huge cultural force that stands in the way of seeing truth here, this attitude is the breeding ground for greed and can never bring fulfillment – just the illusion of fulfillment.
Step #2 is to monitor your intentions. Witness them without judgment. Ask yourself, am I coming from a place of “not enough”, a place of scarcity, a place of lack? This “all about me” thinking does not lead to prosperity. These intentions will crowd your mind, and leave little room for the creativity and awareness of greater opportunity that does lead to prosperity. And when you find yourself mired in scarcity, competitive, adversarial thinking – a small constrictive space – redirect your focus to serving your stakeholders.
Step #3 is exactly that – to refocus on any of your six core stakeholder groups (employees, customers, shareholders, vendors, community, environment). A leader’s scorecard is simple:
Top line (Revenue),
Bottom line (Profit),
Growth in these 5 areas drives shareholder value. And if you focus on serving the interests of all stakeholders, it’s the most efficient path to optimizing each of your scorecard objectives, increasing shareholder value, and greater prosperity for all.
EGO Blind spots
We all have a small self driven by our egos, and a larger Self representing our greatest future possibility. The ego will always modulate our minds between feeling less than or more than – two deeply false beliefs amplifying mental noise, and mitigating against us realizing our greatest future possibility.
Yet in every moment we have a choice, to indulge our egos, or to serve our greatest future possibility – which in business, is about serving our various stakeholders – understanding they are an interrelated, inter-dependent holistic value system. And if we can imbibe an inner attitude of caring – customer care, employee care, supplier care, community care, environmental care – and combine that with smart strategy, discipline, focused execution and accountability – this is a blueprint for prosperity.