In my article Leadership Play Dough I discussed the 10 ingredients involved in great leadership for now and the future. The ingredients included vision, beliefs, thinking skills and emotional intelligence.
Using those ingredients effectively requires a mindset different than that which has gone before.
- The universe is made up of pure energy
- We are all interconnected and part of that energy
- Energy is invisible, but what we what we pay attention, believe and think becomes our reality
- Every observer will create a different reality depending on their mindset
There is really only one shift to be made which is the realisation of the infinite possibilities which exist. But it as rare as St. Paul’s Road to Damascus moment for the majority of us to make such a huge shift all at once. It takes time for most to let go of old and outworn beliefs and thoughts and replace them with new life affirming mind-sets. For leaders of the future, the following seven shifts may be good places to start in the workplace.
Shifting our attention from:
Sickness to Well-being – Concentrate and invest in physical, emotional and mental wellness. How many people are well? Celebrate wellness, and set targets around well-being. Focusing attention and energy upon absence and sickness means it is created and prolonged.
Scarcity to Abundance – Instead of cutting costs or settling for second best or laying off employees for example, develop possibilities of generating ways to grow and increase wealth. Be generous and don’t allow fear or guilt about finances be the decision-maker. Realise you can still be rich even without money, given the right mindset.
Limited to Unlimited – There are no right or wrong decisions or beliefs. There is just difference. Moving from limited beliefs and thinking can at first prove overwhelming when you realise there are infinite possibilities or paths to traverse. We are only limited in our achievements by our limited thinking and beliefs. Listen to your intuition and dare to believe what you truly desire can be achieved.
Powerlessness to Power – Empower yourself by believing in your ability to create and change your current reality. Accept your current reality without resisting or wishing away what is. Have faith and patience that with the right mindset you can make the change for something better.
Competition to Excellence – Let go of the need to compare and compete with others, whether personally or in business. Concentrate instead on only doing the best you can. It is the only way to make your authentic contribution. Understand there is a niche for everyone and a contribution for everyone to make. You will not mind coming 2nd or 100th, or 1st, if you know you listened to your intuition and did your best.
Profit to Contribution - It matters not about the size of the contribution as long as it is authentic and borne of a desire to make a difference. Shift from how much profit to how much of a contribution you make. It is the energy of contribution honestly made which meets a real need which is paramount. When you concentrate on contribution and make it a brilliant one, the energy will bring abundance.
Management to Relationship – Systems and processes can be managed, but with people you must build relationships. Relationships built on mutual understanding, equal responsibilities, agreed roles, with built in accountability for fair reward. It is a mutual and agreed relationship of give and take, which returns energies of contribution with those of reward.
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