Every leader should be required to read this book I read on a recent trip to Greece. Spiritual and political power are not mutually exclusive. Imagine if business schools taught that the more compassionate you are the more effective leader you are.
Or the power of The Five Spiritual Powers: 1) FAITH (better translated as confidence and trust); 2) DILIGENCE to practice not watering the seeds of anger, fear, hate, despair but to replace and water seeds of joy, peace and happiness; 3) MINDFULNESS to recognize things as they are without projecting bias so emotion can pass; 4) CONCENTRATION on the reality that nothing is permanent so value this moment, unhappiness is born from discrimination between self and others, and that everyone is interconnected; 5) INSIGHT where we realize that all of our suffering can be avoided by living the previous four powers.
As you cultivate these FIVE POWERS you naturally acquire the power of leadership because people flock to you for advice and influence.
Three Virtues are required for true leaders: 1) CUTTING OFF (letting go of the bad seeds of despair 2) LOVING because compassion is the root of happiness 3) INSIGHT (not knowledge) from looking deeply at self and others with compassion.
If you think this is too woo-woo and doesn’t apply to the work setting you are dead wrong. All conflict in the world comes from the need to be right. These powers and virtues show us that grasping to be “right” is nothing but product of inflated ego. Seeking to understand comes from compassion and leads to alignment and peace.
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Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE is an executive coach and 19-year corporate CEO who helps leaders have more effective careers, happier lives and better relationships. Request a free consultation call.
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