What it Takes to Lead Today

What it Takes to Lead Today
Omega Faculty Respond
June 26, 2014

In today's shifting world, we are faced with unprecedented challenges politically, environmentally, and spiritually. We asked Omega teachers, "What do you think it takes to be an effective leader today?" Here are their answers. 

 

  • "A trait of great leaders is the ability to sit with gratitude and humility. Good leaders are not afraid to step into an area where they don’t have expertise and own up to the fact that they don’t have expertise, seek guidance from others, and commit to continual self-renewal in that area. People who are financially confident generally have that same kind of mindset."—Manisha Thakor

  • "We need people who can think in an integrated fashion on social issues as well as ecological issues, so that we can address all these things with an integrated strategy. They need to be willing to step up and make things happen. That’s a fundamental part of leadership: Not waiting for someone else to act."—Eric Toensmeier

  • "Effective leaders are self-reflective. They are good storytellers, but they live their stories. They know how to bond emotionally. They’re effective team builders where teams are emotionally bonded, have shared vision, and where everyone compliments strengths. They are aware of the collective zeitgeists at the moment. They’re action-oriented. They also experience synchronicity if they’re grounded spiritually." —Deepak Chopra

  • "Good leaders are courageous enough to listen to their people. They inspire their people to take actions that help themselves and others. One of the leaders I admire is the late Wilma Mankiller, the first female Chief of the Native American Cherokee Nation. 

    When she called for a meeting and asked her people what they needed, she expected them to ask for help with the tribal alcoholism. Instead, they told her they needed running water in their homes. She took this new information and changed her strategy. That is another sign of a good leader."—Ana Forrest

  • "It is vital for men to educate ourselves, to become an instrument within the lives of our boys. While women pour their hearts and souls into our boys, we as men, collectively speaking, we have work to do in this area. We have to take a more purposeful role and position in raising boys to be men—and not just our biological sons, but viewing all boys as our sons. In addition, we have to be more purposeful in challenging and loving each other in the process of education and re-education in redefining the norms of manhood. Whether at a podium, on a golf course, or at a basketball game, there are numerous opportunities for men, in a loving way, to bring other men along the journey of promoting healthy, respectful, and loving manhood."—Tony Porter

  • "A good leader has a certain amount of balance. I think what we might experience with leaders that we don't connect to is an imbalance. By balance, I mean professional and practical, spiritual and emotional, someone who has all those things that make up a human being. I think it's that multidimensionality that works."—Richard Blanco

  • "See the people that you are leading as souls. Not egos. That means for that to work they see themselves as souls. In other words, they see themselves as a spiritual being who has taken birth in a human body. Most people identify with their roles. It’s not role but soul. That’s a bumper sticker!"—Ram Dass

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