Our world is complex, interconnected, dynamic, volatile and uncertain. It is not easy to lead in such turbulent times. Growing up in the Western world is likely to mean that we haven’t had the education or experience to respond with confidence as a leader in this harsh climate and landscape. Our leadership needs to respond with care to our changing world, and lead in a new more sustainable manner. Old leadership has resulted in a world and way of being that is unsustainable for humans.
To create a sustainable future, society has to change, this includes all of us. Our governments cannot be trusted to deliver sustainability. We can do this through dialogue, not rebellion. We must become positively active in developing the psychological growth we need to engage with each other in a meaningful dialogue which builds collective hope. We can build hope, not in our governments, but in ourselves.
We are all leaders. If we want to be a leader in the area of social change, we need to appreciate that learning leadership skills alone will not be enough to make a positive impact. If you want to be a leader of change that has a positive social impact, pause and put the books down, clear the busy diary and make space to look first of all at your ‘Soul Compass’.
Our economic activity has taken the soul out of nature, our society and increasingly out of ourselves. As a result, the way we live has become environmentally, socially, and psychologically unsustainable. To create a more sustainable future, we need a new economy which puts the soul back into nature, society and ourselves. Whilst this will require far reaching changes, this article provides some examples of what is already happening. These examples give us a glimpse of a sustainable future, what could be at the end of the tunnel, if we have new leadership right across our society. We are all leaders and, together, we can create a better future.