Leadership and Management are learned processes people use in living their lives—personal, family, work, business and community. They are relationships arts and sciences and skills and needs!
We may have been misled into thinking that leadership and management are only positions of authority that select people have been appointed to or elected to, but that is only a political and partial view. The full view is that for all people to be able to create and maintain a good personal and community life, they all need to learn how to employ and integrate their own leadership and management skills with those of others in the world!
The LeaderShip is a metaphoric “vehicle” to explore your journey in your leading and managing in and among the vast and complex oceans, currents and cultures in life, personally and organizationally.
It is helpful to realize that everyone already is, in some ways, a leader and a manager in the world: We all are, for better or worse, leading and managing our lives right now!
All of us need some expertise in self-organization and collaborative management; at a minimum, we all need at least a basic understanding of how to participate effectively in the leadership and management of our personal, family, work, and community life. This work begins to lead us out of a wholly dependent and self-centered way of life and into an independent and interdependent adult life of caring for others and the world. These vital life skills are the basics of any leadership and management. And they are the core competencies for all organization leadership and management.
Life in the 21st Century is faster-paced and much more complex than ever before. Shortly after World War II, the population of the world was 2.5 billion. Today it is about triple that—7.5 billion. That means there are five-billion (that’s five thousand million) more people alive today and they all want to do the same things you and I want to do—live, work, and enjoy life. Yet we live in a man-made economic system that is designed to encourage rapidly increasing production and consumption that now uses an invented, artificial, monetary system/money supply (money is no longer a natural, limited, resource).
The narrow economic goal of primarily intending to increase quantity of production and consumption with a single bottom-line in mind to maximize corporate profits—without regard for quality of life and environmental quality—suddenly presents us with an urgent and as yet unappreciated need to design a healthier economic system with a triple bottom-line of people, planet, and profits. The world now has an urgent need for a economic system that facilitates quality of life as well as quantity of goods and services.
Yet, in the midst of all this conflict and opportunity, all of us need to be as good at leading and managing as we can so we can continuously work to improve our lives, our organizations and communities, and our world. Over the years I’ve been involved in helping people understand:
- Effective leadership and management
- Vision and Mission as a tool for workforce engagement and effectiveness
- A Sense of Community that enables collaboration and a spirit of caring
- Thinking in terms of wholes and relationships, to recognize patterns and processes, and maintain the desire to integrate individual well-being with the common good.