The “global financial crisis” has demonstrated the consequences of a lack of personal ethics and moral standards amongst leaders in the global financial services sector. When greed, power, envy and deceit preoccupy the minds of leaders – everyone suffers. They had a choice and they exercised their choice. A selfish choice.
How different would it have been had these leaders embodied humility, generosity, respect and a principle centred approach into their “way of life and doing business”? Many people all over the world would have suffered less and prospered more.
Its organizations such as Essential Education, so ably and tirelessly led by Alison Murdock, that provides an alternative – the 16 Guidelines to living a happier and more prosperous life by being more mindful about how we think, act, relate to one another and find greater meaning.
What is it about the 16G that resonate? They represent the timeless and universal pathways to living a more meaningful and happier life. Imagine if team members felt Terrapinn placed the greatest importance on their sense of meaning and happiness at work?
How can we as leaders make a lasting and more beneficial contribution to our team members, colleagues and our clients?
let’s reflect on the 4 Guidelines that underpin How we Relate to Others and ask yourself, “to what extend do I demonstrate these Guidelines in my day to day life?”
Firstly, HUMILITY. Leaders who think in a humble way, recognise the value others’ bring and are not too proud to say “I don’t know” or “I need help”. Humble leaders are uncompromising in their pursuit of their goals but go about achieving them in an egoless way.
Secondly, GENEROSITY. Leaders who act generously give their time and share their wisdom so that others can grow and develop. Generous leaders have an abundance mentality – they focus in giving not getting.
Thirdly, RESPECT . Leaders who relate to others in a respectful manner, recognize their interdependence with others. They acknowledge and see value in others’ differences. They consistently treat others how they would wish to be treated.
Fourthly, PRINCIPLES. Leaders who create meaning for themselves and others do so by being principle centred. Their decisions and actions are based on timeless and universal natural laws rather than subjective, self centred motives. They know what they sow is what they will reap.
Leaders it’s our choice. How we choose to think will determine how we behave. How we behave has consequences. The 16 Guidelines are a choice and a pathway to lasting happiness and success. It’s up to each one of us the make the choice.
To get a full appreciation of the 16G and how to embody them into our daily life, visit www.essential-education.org