Luis Suarez – One of the biggest crises in leadership

And one of the things that you mentions in terms of those structures that are falling apart; let’s face it: right now we probably have the one or the biggest most profound crises in leadership in entire history. If you look into political leaders and what they’re doing, it’s like a huge mess. If you look into religious leaders it’s even a worse mess. If you look into how different organizations have been operating with certain practices, that are not coming out as part of that exercise of brutal openness and transparency that they have been forced to go through, you realize that they have been messing up all along under this massive lack of leadership in terms of looking up to the well being of your people, regardless of what your people would be whether they’re your employees, your citizens, your followers or whatever else.

And that’s essentially what’s bringing us into, into this particular crisis, which is not necessarily just a financial crisis. It’s basically a crisis of principles, of ethic, of morale, of ethos or whatever else you want to call it, that goes beyond, way beyond whatever happens in a financial world. And I think that this is one of the things that we’re seeing as well, is how for a good number of decades organizations never had any kind of responsibility towards society. They were just like thinking that they were contributing or whatever else. Well that’s no longer going to be acceptable anymore. More and more… you know, just as much, just as we’re demanding more transparency and openness from governments, in terms of getting us to participate more for that exercise called democracy, we’re going to be doing exactly the same thing with corporations.

We’re going to start demanding organizations to become more transparent in what they do. And not necessarily in the processes they have, but on the practices they have. And the reason for that is because all of a sudden we’re going to find out that we all have a conscience, and that conscience is banging its head, inside our head saying, you’re working for the wrong organization. You’re actually working for an organization that is doing something that is immoral. Do you really want to go and continue working by that, right?

You know younger generations have got that very, very clear figured it out. They got to prefer to work for a company that is open and transparent and is capable of transferring some of that decision power making, and is capable of giving enough freedom and autonomy to make a difference within the company, which means that they’re open to much more information than traditional organizations have been, and that’s helping them understand as well how operations work. If you look at some of the companies who are using this kind of metaphor, you could see that they’re incredibly successful because they have accelerated the pace on how knowledge shared goes through, and they have also accelerated the pace of what employees do in terms of co-owning or co-sharing that responsibility with the organizations themselves in the model.

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