'Mankind's history has proved from one era to another that the true criterion of leadership is spiritual'

Leadership is a spiritual practice. This idea rewrites the rules about strategic leadership and articulates something you probably know to be true – maybe you even act out of it.

Malcolm X frightened me as a young man. His early message from the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, 'The white man is the devil', seemed to threaten my existence - even though we lived in different countries separated by the North Atlantic Ocean.

He expected to die a violent death. The only doubt in his mind was whether Dr Martin Luther King would be killed first,

'… It is anybody's guess which of the extremes in approach to the black man's problems might personally meet a fatal catastrophe first – the non-violent Dr Kingor so called violent me'.

Malcolm X was assassinated 21st February 1965 in Manhattan's Audubon Ballroom, New York City.

I was 15 years old.

Fifty years later I read his autobiography – a street hustler in Harlem to one of the most important political figures of his time – and find words that explain a personal dilemma for leadership in business, 

'Mankind’s history has proved from one era to another that the true criterion of leadership is spiritual'.

You see, it's beyond psychology. Leadership is a spiritual practice.

As you know, blind spots normally need a crisis to make us aware of them. And we do have a crisis in strategic leadership - maybe not comparable to the civil rights issues of 1965. But I wonder …

If this idea has resonance with you and you want to develop a different calibre of leaders within your organisation - beyond psychological profiles - then please email me.  

Best wishes

 

Joseph

zeteticmind.com

PS If you want to develop a different calibre of leaders within your organisation - beyond psychological profiles - then please email me.