The new leadership paradigm invites each one of us to step into our life’s purpose, which is your highest potential expressed through your strengths.
There’s a new kind of leadership emerging that is gaining momentum. It has the power to transform the world in what took multiple generations centuries to accomplish under the old paradigm. It leaves no one behind, generating true equality and prosperity for all—including you.
It also means that you are automatically part of the new leadership team. What will this mean for you, and do you have what it takes?
Fueled by the power of collectivism balanced upon a substratum of unabashed individualism, the new leadership paradigm becomes its own power source when properly driven. If you and Ayn Rand don’t think collectivism and individualism can coexist in the same sentence, much less be driven down the same road, you might want to ditch your rearview mirror for glimpse into the future.
Collectivism emphasizes the interdependence of all human beings. We already know that collectivism that doesn’t also allow for individual autonomy doesn’t work as it limits human potential. Individualism is critical toward cultivating natural diversity and maintaining checks and balances.
REDEFINING OUR WORLD
In reality, human potential can’t be stopped. Humanity is undergoing the growing pains of the evolution of consciousness as our understanding of the world around us, how we interact with one another and the planet, evolves beyond our self-imposed limitations.
To date, the majority of human thought and resultant social systems have been ordered by a single idea—the belief that we are separate from each other, the planet, and our power source, or separation consciousness. We are presently awakening to a new idea, one that says everything in the Universe is interconnected and interdependent, or unity consciousness.
The initial stages of unity consciousness are measurable as the qualities found in emotional intelligence, a term brought to our attention by Daniel Goleman in his 1995 book by the same name. Emotional intelligence is comprised of self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills—in relationship to others—all part and parcel of good leadership.
Unity consciousness goes beyond the egocentric self, fully cognizant that in a symbiotic world, what you do for another, you ultimately do for yourself. The collectivism that Rand railed against was self-dealing vertical collectivism which called for the sacrifice of the individual to the greater good within a top-down hierarchy, ultimately diminishing individual freedom and opportunity.
That sacrifice is required is a concept born out of man-made competition—also a product of separation consciousness. Sacrifice is only required when there is a lack of structured social support. When we work together cooperatively in harmony, rather than in competition which divides, we are able to generate the support required to create self-sustaining individuals and societies that thrive.
Social media has allowed us to connect with one another regardless of economic and social status, and geography. After the initial narcissism, our world and our point of view has grown much larger than just ourselves. We now have technology that enables more than just the Apollo astronauts to see that we really are one extraordinary human race, not a race fractured by color.
For a growing number, individualism is transcending egoic self-service, creating a backdrop for the development of ones skills and unique gifts in service of the common good. Another byproduct of unity consciousness is the rise of horizontal activist collectivism—and a new kind of leadership.
Self-empowerment and equality are the bedrocks of horizontal collectivism that naturally bring out the leader within each one of us. Personal fulfillment and social responsibility become inseparable, as we forge a new way of living and conducting ourselves in the world.
Here are five traits of the new leadership paradigm each one of us is waking up to at our own pace. These qualities are part of you, as you. Once realized, the natural born leader you were born to be is activated.
The new leadership paradigm invites each one of us to step into our life’s purpose, which is your highest potential expressed through your strengths. Leadership is about being the change you wish to see in the world. Your leadership role is mandated by fulfilling your life purpose consciously, making you a beacon of light for others to emulate. We then come together to do what we can’t do alone.
We really are here all together to make life easier for each other. In the end, it’s all about sustainability, which is pure love. It’s your time to thrive!
Christine Horner is a 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize nominated author and the co-founder of the What Would Love Do Foundation. Her latest book is Awakening Leadership: Embracing Mindfulness, Your Life’s Purpose, and the Leader You Were Born to Be. www.ChristineHorner.com | www.Facebook.com/hornerchristine