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Leadership begins with vision. Vision arises out of the collision between what you know matters most, and what’s not right with the world around you — whether what’s not right is structural, technical, methodological, procedural or ethical.

Leadership ends with legacy. Between vision and legacy is unrelenting action — acting on your vision, again and again, day after day, with resolute focus, with dogged determination, relentlessly, for years. All great achievements — the building of value-creating companies, the abolition of the slave trade, the ending of Apartheid — were the result of what the philosopher Nietzsche called “a long obedience in the same direction”.

Action that builds legacy is shaped by purpose, discipline and trust. What drives it is soul — that clear-eyed understanding of what the leader knows is utterly important, and what he or she is uniquely qualified to do about it.

Leadership by Soul™ is where I explore, with you — through blogging, videos and public speaking — how we can make the difference that lasts.

Thank you for coming here. Welcome to the journey!

The Task of the Corporation

Whenever social responsibility is a struggle for business it is precisely because we have falsely separated the task of the corporation from the task of being human. We have identified social responsibility as something to be considered as secondary to the pursuit of profits. Milton Friedman’s now famous argument that “the social responsibility of business is to increase its profits” is specious precisely because it divorces from profitability the very thing that drives it: the creation of value.

Value increases when our products and services are not just socially responsible (a negative term that suggests compliance) but socially creative.

You are Not Perfect: How Failure Brings Freedom to Leaders

Issue 5.6 | February 2016 In this Article: unless we work within the proper limitations of our leadership, we [ … ]

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The Cost (and Reward) of Leading Change

An End-of-Year Reflection Issue 5.5 | December 2015 In this Article: nothing that changes the world is accomplished by [ … ]

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Becoming Better at Doing Good: Unlearning Charity

Issue 5.4 | September 2015 In this Article: we continue to reflect on how to rethink our assumptions to lead better. [ … ]

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