My mentor Michael Reuter Director of Leadership at Seton Hall writes:
In the Insigniam Quarterly’s Disruptive Leadership Issue, Werner H. Erhard and Michael C. Jensen share their thoughts on The Four Ways of Being That Create the Foundation for Great Leadership, a Great Organization, & a Great Personal. Life. The power of their message is in their focus is on being not on doing. For it is in extraordinary being through which exceptional doing flows.
Being Authentic – Being and acting consistent with who you hold yourself out to be for others, and who you hold yourself to be for yourself.
Being Cause In the Matter of Everything In Your Life – Being Cause in the Matter is a stand you take on yourself and your life. A stand is a declaration you make, not a statement of fact. Being Cause in the Matter is viewing life from and acting from the stand that “I am cause in the matter of everything in my life.” Being willing to view life from this perspective leaves you with power. You are never for yourself a victim.
Being Committed to Something Bigger Than Yourself – Being committed to something bigger than oneself is the source of the serene passion (charisma) required to lead and to develop others as leaders and the source of persistence (joy in the labor of) when the path gets tough.
Being A Person or an Organization of Integrity – Integrity for anything is the state of being whole, complete, unbroken, sound, in perfect condition. For a person and any human organization, integrity is a matter of that person’s word or that organization’s word being whole and complete — nothing more and nothing less. Integrity is required to create the maximum opportunity for performance and quickly generate trust.
What beautiful simplicity and awesome power in the being we choose: authenticity, being the cause in the matter of everything in my life, being something bigger than myself and being a person of values. It is in the great leaders’ hands to choose. Steve Maraboli writes: “You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose and to do it courageously.” Be more than you ever dreamed you could be… and more… so much more.
Buddha tells great leaders: “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.” Be that candle who lights the world and burn brilliantly with passion and love of life and for those whom you serve. Life is so very good.