Sunday, January 27, 2013

Three “P’s in Purposeful Leaders

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception. Aldous Huxley

If a visionary leader zooms in the future to lead forward and shows the length of leadership; an insightful leader see the situation and lead deeper to present the depth of leadership; a transformational leader bridge today and tomorrow, then a purposeful leader is to fumble the purpose of leadership and to gap the known and unknown, lead up to the next level and test the height of leadership; There are three “P”s in such leadership.

1.      Perception

If visionary leaders and insightful leaders are both using eyes (either physical eyes or inner eyes) to shape the picture; then purposeful leaders not only do self-reflection, but also use five senses or even six sense if you happen to have one, to walk into picture, not only see, but also feel, touch, smell, and taste the meaning of life,  and sense the leadership as well by peeking through the door of perception,

Purpose-based leadership is hunting for:

·       The purpose of leadership: is to create value for business and society; so the purposeful leadership is also value-based leadership, and value has multidimensional perception, besides economic value, there is quality value, ethic value, aesthetic value and other perspectives.

·       The harmony of culture and collective minds of organization: Purposeful leadership is to perceive the art of possible and to practice the science of discipline, to harmonize the collective minds of business and gap the cogitative difference of talent, to cultivate the learning culture and to move up the organizational maturity.

2.      Progress 

Purposeful leaders not only lead the organization forward but also ensure it fulfills its vision and mission, achieve the multitude of value and execute progressively.

·       Purpose is the driving force behind a leader and a business’s Progress: with purpose, leaders can laser focus on using energy and resource strategically to achieve a progressive result; with purpose, a business can decode the purpose paradox-aim for something more vital than economical profit only, and focus on long-term perspective.

·       Shaping the Progressive Talent Team: Purposeful leaders are also sensible to re-imagine leadership and practice theory Y: believe in self-motivation of self-managing employees, instill the sense of purpose into the team, increase enthusiasm and dedication to the work; advocate progressive work environments with reliability and fairness and always inspire the change.

3.      Perseverance

  • It takes perseverance to fulfill the purpose: Purposeful Leaders have a vision, which is so clear to them, making it quite obviously purposeful.  And then it takes the passion for translating such purpose, more often than not, there's a rocky road ahead, and it takes perseverance and determination for accomplishing the purpose. 
  • Purposeful Leadership Takes 5 more “P”s:  Preparation, Principle, Perseverance, Persistence, and Patience. Purposeful leaders do well prepare for the journey, it also takes the principle of moving forward, as principle gives you confidence when you look back; it takes perseverance to overcome the barriers and bias; it takes persistence to solidify the vision and it takes patience to sustain the long-term pursuit of purpose. 
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race “   Calvin Coolidge quotes


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