On March 11, Queen’s School of Business launches an invitation to business school students called Living from the Inside Out, featuring proven business and research specialists who will convey the crucial role of present-moment awareness and self-realization in organizations. Leaders who demonstrate a more accurate self-concept tend to perform better (see). With this groundbreaking provocation, which supports the personal transformation process at the School of Business, we are looking to shift the way business is conducted.
In our era of unparalleled ingenuity, when the quality of life for many has been elevated to unprecedented levels, our planet is nevertheless bedeviled by crises that wreak havoc in the lives of billions. Why, despite all our goodwill and best efforts, do problems such as hunger, war, disease, poverty, social unrest, climate change, and the like prove so resilient?
Our predicament is rooted not in a lack of information, but in a failure to mobilize our skills and resources through effective leadership.
As a world, we have been conditioned, even mesmerized, into believing that treating effects can bring about the positive changes we hope for—a level of wishful thinking analogous to rearranging the furniture in a home that needs to be rebuilt.
In the business world this manifests most evidently in a focus on the bottom line as our raison d’etre, instead of identifying the bottom line as an effect. In politics the barometer is too often opinion polls. A focus on such externals misses entirely what outstanding leadership requires.
We are not our external identity—not our body, our life story, our material success, our skills, or what other people think of us. Neither are we the accumulation of our beliefs, opinions, and judgments, all of which are products of the mind.
The source of beneficial invention, innovation, and problem solving lies within us. Such contributions derive from becoming attentive to our creative center. When we are so attuned, in a moment absent of thought—often when in a state of complete relaxation—voila! The insight comes to us.
Leading from within results in the qualities we so admire when we see them: wisdom, boldness, compassion, truthfulness, and genuineness—qualities oriented to service. In other words, leaders are truly “great” only to the degree they have discovered their own most authentic being. When this is then augmented with information from the many fields of research, a leader enriches the lives of others and advances the evolution of our species and the wellbeing of our planet.
To experience our creative center, we must enter into the stillness found within. This is the womb of the intelligence that birthed the universe. It’s in this stillness we connect with the infinite wisdom that can guide us through the most complex of issues. To the degree we approach each aspect of life from this stillness, our actions will prove to be for the highest good.