#BeTheChange > Respect
What would the world be without respect? Actually, it would probably look pretty much the way it looks today, because it lacks respect on so many levels. With respect I refer to 3H, Humane, Humble, Holistic Integrity approach. These three words are important, because through them we can become worthy of having an opinion. Any person who does not understand the purpose of these three words cannot possibly be considered a person of integrity, which ultimately is of vital importance in terms of being a positive contributor the world and universe at large.
To be humane, means that we need to show compassion and kindness, it does however not mean that we cannot be firm and strict or lead, the point is that we need be soft and firm in balance, to have the necessary awareness to use our soft skills to complement our hard side, this is what empowerment is all about, but often somewhat misunderstood. Making others feel weak to maintain a position of power contradicts the purpose of empowerment, we are not supposed to be the best at what we do forever, but rather embrace the day when we have inspired others to surpass our level of understanding, efficiency and insight. Accepting this does not make us obsolete, it allows us to gain respect through the fact that we are empowering others to become more, this is when our energy can shift to a new level, it is the point when we can start to understand the role of duty and participation to inspire continuity in our community and beyond.
To be humble is hard, why? Because, most people feel it is a direct contradiction with ambition and success. Actually, this is a common misconception, the opposite is true because being humble is about being open, not closed. Being humble is not a weakness, it creates a clear line of sight, because the thing that blocks our vision and our ability to be holistically aware is selfishness. Being humble towards nature, the world and the universe is greatness in itself. Selfish and self-centered thinking presents only one path, destruction and chaos, and in the presence of selfishness and greed there cannot exist any positive contribution to the world at large, inevitably it ends in pain and suffering for oneself and others.
Finally we approach the question of holistic insight, something that can only be achieved through being humane and humble, why? Because, the world does only truly reveal its deeper secrets to the people who are pure at heart and deserving, it does not mean that we cannot make mistakes, it means that we reach a level of awareness that considers the connection between the physical and holistic, the ying and yang in life. We can sense this hidden dimension through the energy vibration and it also makes us radiate more positive energy into the world. This is the true and only real dimension of leadership, this is when our integrity rises to a level that attracts people to follow, listen and contribute without having to force things to happen around them.
Achieving this level of awareness also acts as a protective shield against all the darkness in the world, so for business and people to take giant leap forward towards sustainability we do really need more holistically aware leaders. Change-makers that will ensure that the business world starts working towards transforming itself into an entity that maintains a seamless harmony with nature, no more overproduction, pollution, un-necessary medicine etc. A big ask yes, but the only real path to salvation, because if we do not gear up, I am afraid nature will over time take full charge and destroy everything we built and hold so dear. This would mean that it was all for nothing and a pointless struggle against time, surely even the most greedy, money centered person should get the point that this is no desirable outcome for anyone.
Author │ Niklas Christides