How do we begin to practice being a leader of the future? What are the tools and techniques we can use to effectively lead a complex global organization? GEI Global Leaders suggests that there are 10 foundational principles from which a Global Leader operates.
As people begin to practice these principles, we encourage you to question them, debate them vigorously with others, and refine your understanding of them. It is through such critique that we all can grow in our relationship to the principles. It is through such thoughtfulness and testing that we discover the qualities of leadership that truly endure through the ages.
Principle 1: The Power of Intention
I and everyone has the ability to become a Global Leader simply by declaring to be one, and then acting from that place of being. Principle 1 focuses the power of intention to help us create our lives. Intention is a “super-goal” that harnesses the energy of your thoughts, emotions, and core values to help you reach your potential.
Principle 2: The Genius Mind
I honor the spirit in all people—their gifts, skills, and energy. Principle 2 taps into the power of the genius that resides within each individual. Each one of us has unique gifts and energies that can be developed and expressed. We tap into our genius mind when we learn to integrate both our right-brain and left-brain functioning. As a result, a new form of creativity flows through each of us.
Principle 3: Dynamic Flow
I understand that leadership is an equal giving and receiving proposition. Principle 3 helps us learn to balance our relationships. By understanding that leadership is a balanced exchange that is constantly evolving through a dynamic flow, we remove barriers that make us interact in fearful ways. In a balanced partnership, we can create something more with others than we could create on our own.
Principle 4: Leading through Interaction
Leadership results from the interaction within a relationship where the gifts, skills, and energies of all people are honored, appreciated, and used. Principle 4 asks us to lead through the process of interaction itself. By opening to a mind-set of abundance and excellence—a state in which our right brains and left brains are fully engaged—leadership emerges through our interactions with others. Principle 4 asks us to let go of our egos, our agendas, and our left-brained plans and tap everyone's gifts and skills to co-create a new reality in the moment.
Principle 5: The Power of Dialogue
I assume a leadership role by helping individuals cultivate their uniqueness through dialogue so that the individual and the organization benefit. Principle 5 asks that we learn to cultivate dialogue in our interactions. Dialogue goes deeper than discussion. Dialogue demands that we explore the seen and the hidden within ourselves and individuals. Dialogue asks us to reach for our excellence and the excellence of others. Through dialogue, we balance the energies of two people, or groups of people, to include more options to complex situations.
Principle 6: Transforming Conflict
I know that the overall success of any project requires an agreement of the stated goals and objectives by all people involved. I see conflict simply as an expression of a larger option wanting to emerge. Principle 6 seeks a new understanding about how to transform conflict into a more meaningful and creative evolution. Through conflict, we grow. We surface the many different approaches to an issue. We learn that we can be united in our intentions and yet have very different ways to achieve the intention. Conflict honors the unity and diversity of all people. Conflict is, simply, an indicator that a larger option wants to emerge.
Principle 7: The Power of Partnership
I understand that in true partnership, our individual and unique spirits matter. Principle 7 frees us to explore new ways to create true partnerships. Partnership asks us to honor both our individual excellence and the excellence in others. Partnership implies a balanced exchange. Both giving and the receiving act in a dynamic balance. By cultivating dialogue and transforming conflict, we create a more powerful partnership that releases new energy to create new options to complex issues. This form of partnership frees up energy so that new options are created more easily and effortlessly. When this occurs, the least effort will yield the greatest impact.
Principle 8: The Qualities of Excellence
I support the highest in myself and others. I am concerned with those qualities of the human spirit such as: love, compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, contentment, and a sense of personal responsibility and harmony. Principle 8 explores ways that we can champion the qualities of excellence. Creating excellence in ourselves and others means opening to the qualities that sustain us as humans. These qualities include compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness. When we extend these qualities to ourselves and others, we begin to explore more deeply who we are and what we can achieve. From this position of strength, we can live and work with more purpose and commitment.
Principle 9: Spontaneous Development
I am willing to be responsible for maintaining faith, hope, and a spirit of cooperation. Principle 9 helps us to learn to co-create our business success. When we co-operate, we create together. We operate using all aspects of our selves: body, mind, emotions, and core values and beliefs.
Principle 10: Personal Responsibility
I take personal responsibility for making a positive difference in all of my interactions. Principle 10 tells us that we master leadership through personal responsibility. When we truly understand and experience that we create our realities, we begin to take total responsibility for our lives. With personal responsibility, we open to our true purpose in life. We begin to make a positive difference in our lives and the lives of everyone around the world.