We all share a vision for our common humanity, but somehow we’ve overemphasized profit, growth and organizational metrics over own peace, connection to others and vision for world. Millennials will make up 75% of the workforce by 2050, and they are asking for new ways of leading that can benefit all of us and our planet.
At Dalai Lama Fellows, we seek to broaden and deepen leaders’ perspectives to what’s best for humanity as a whole and for generations to come, calling on leaders to think and behave differently, and to seek realistic, innovative and expansive ways to address global challenges.
what does reimagined leadership look like?
Leaders cultivate and embody positive values. Leadership begins with the self. Exemplary leaders, like Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Dalai Lama, cultivate strong personal practices to maintain their connection to themselves and others. The Dalai Lama advocates for mind training and practices daily despite a heavy travel schedule. We believe a strong foundation in self-care practices is necessary to embody one's values.
Leaders work for the benefit of our common humanity. Every person in a position of leadership, regardless of sector, must realize how his or her actions impact communities and societies, both directly and indirectly. Leaders must have the integrity, courage and resilience to stand up to and take accountability for violence, corruption, abuse, inequity, bias and indifference. Leaders must connect deeply across perceived differences and come together as one human family.
Leaders build solutions now for a better future. Leaders can reinvent the future, heal our planet and ensure our survival. Leaders must develop their abilities to understand the bigger picture and think long-term. Only by developing a long view will leaders be able to discern the best course of action now towards achieving that future.
HOW DO WE advance THESE WAYS OF LEADING?
Using the Dalai Lama's example of leadership and the recommendations in his books, Beyond Religion and Ethics for a New Millennium, we've developed content and methodologies which bring the Dalai Lama’s universal values and perspectives into practical application, called the Head, Heart and Hands Program.