Here is my man Professor Pekka Himanen, a fellow YGL (Young Global Leader) and co-founder of Global Dignity, doing "the work" of leadership, signing up actor Michael Douglas to our Dignity Principles at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. As I reflect on what leadership really is, I ran across something I wrote a couple years ago, intended for my YGL community. We never used it, but thought it might be of interest and use to you; as a sort of global sign posts for how we should treat each other, and the responsibility for leadership we share ourselves.
Let me know what you think (comment). Pass it on. Here we go...
- YGLs accept that we are first and foremost global citizens. Accordingly, our national interests follow our global inter-connectiveness and global inter-dependence.
- YGLs work to re-frame problems as opportunities, and re-imagine the world as we would like to see it.
YGLs are committed to being uncomfortable in our decision-making. YGLs understand that leadership is often not a popularity contest and necessary change often requires leaders to get out of their comfort zones. This process requires us to positively and regularly challenge our own belief system. YGL humbly accept that the real enemy may in fact be us: no more leadership-by-blame. YGLs accept that we are possibly both the partial solution, and the partial problem, in our individual and collective lives. YGLs embrace the Gandhi-inspired philosophy that we must be the change that we want to see in the world. YGLs agree to serve others, whether in business, politics, public service, community service or the arts. YGLs accept that we cannot be leaders unless we are prepared to serve ourselves. YGLs are defined by what we are for, and not what we are against. YGLs embrace the love based leadership model, recognizing that there is both love and fear in the world, yet recognizing that arguably most leaders in the world today lead by fear. We vow to change all of that, through our individual and collective action. YGLs embrace solutions for ALL OF OUR children for the year 2030. YGLs understand that the very heart of YGL is the broader YGL community.