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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!

Defining Success

Rather than regulate ourselves out of the dilemmas of corporate greed and unsustainable business practices, as business leaders we need to enlarge our vision of success. For how we define success will define how we get there. We need to see the victory of value creation in comprehensive terms: in terms of the value we have created within the design and delivery system, for the end user, for the end user’s community, and for the investor.

Clear-Eyed and Calm: Leadership in a Time of Crisis

Issue 5.12 | May 2020 In this Article: how to make good leadership decisions within the confusion of a crisis. [ … ]

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In Search of Stable Ground: Leadership in a Time of Crisis

Issue 5.11 | April 2020 In this Article: How to provide stable leadership when everything around you is unstable and [ … ]

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Leadership in a Time of Crisis

Dear Readers, It is a season of fear, but it doesn’t need to be. A measure of fear is [ … ]

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