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"We help raise the consciousness of leaders to the power of collaboration for success and survival."

 

Survival - we help you to develop new minds for new organisations. 

 

There have been many periods throughout history where hundreds of millions of people have faced threats to their survival.    In the last century many of our parents and grandparents faced the Great Depression, the two world wars, and on several occasions the possibility of thermo-nuclear war.  Many scientists believe that climate change now represents the biggest threat to human civilisation that our species has ever faced.

Leaders vary in their willingness to engage with significant threats.  There are ‘flat earthers”:  ”Global warming is not a threat because God would not allow it.” said Gerry Falwell.  The politicians “There is a lot of dispute about those findings.” and some journalists, ”Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ is science fiction and besides he is a hypocrite.”

A leader’s willlingness or refusal to openly deal with a threat is based on several factors.  A financial factor was elegantly captured by Upton Sinclair who wrote, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary is dependent on him not understanding it.”

Another factor relates to the leader’s own paradigm - their understanding of their role as leaders and the assumptions and beliefs they hold about the people they lead.  The traditional patriarchal leader tends to deny and minimise any threat to which they don’t have a solution.   The collaborative leader believes in the importance of sharing the problem early.  Their paradigm is based on a fundamental belief that significant problems are best solved by engaging as many people as possible.   At a time when few politicians had the courage to say it Winston Churchill, in a series of radio broadcasts in 1935, four years before the outbreak of the second world war, warned of the danger of Hitler’s Nazi Germany.  He said, ”We have two options, either we submit or we prepare.”

Courage is critical.  It takes real courage to believe that in the absence of having a solution, one can be found by fully understanding the problem and then working together.   It’s here the leader who has a proven record of making the best use of their people’s intelligence and creativity really stands out.  It is this leader who inspires genuine hope in people. 

Napoleon observed, “Leaders are dealers in hope.”  Hope is really important for people.  However there are unscrupulous leaders who exploit hope.  They manufacture fears so that they can heroically provide answers.  Others pedal false hopes.   We are well advised to embrace Margaret Mead’s dictum, “Never underestimate the power of a committed group of people.  They can change the world.  Indeed that is the only thing that has ever changed the world.”  

At Leadership Australia we believe we can save our civilisation only through collaboration.    We need courage and hope, and we all need to be part of the solution.