Calling All Leaders … Are You a Global Citizen?

I am inspired to write on the subject of global citizenship by a recent blog by Seth Godin.  In it, amongst other things he says… ‘It’s the citizens who define the future because of their commitment to the long-term matters’.

This caused me to consider citizenship and leadership in parallel because we might say the same thing about true leaders. They too define the future – not by being dictatorial or autocratic but because they care. They care about others. They care about the well-being of the seven generations of people that will come after them, just as the indigenous leaders inspire us to consider. They see that actions today have a real impact on the future.

Being a global citizen and indeed leader, in my book, means lifting our heads up and away from our own lives and toward the many.

The many in our community, our organisations, our nations and the many in and on our planet as a whole. It means standing up and being counted when we see inequalities or injustice – both of which can be rife in organisations in so many subtle and not so subtle ways.

It means being led by positive values and a code that takes us beyond selfish interests. In organisations we still see (and perhaps even more so now) a fixation with money – profit and cost. What if we invested that time in right-sizing our business i.e. less obsession with growth so that everyone in it can perform in a sustainable and satisfying way without exhausting themselves. This could then also offer space and time to enable everyone to focus on how the business (through its core offering) can creatively connect into and help solve the issues facing Humanity at this time.

Citizenship is a privilege as is leadership. A privilege that affords us rights and responsibilities. As corporate leaders, we have the right to set the agenda and direction for the organisation and the responsibility to set the right agenda.

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Lorraine Flower
Lorraine Flowerhttp://azzur.co.uk/
As a Corporate change agent, consultant, coach and mentor Lorraine founded azzur and is completely transparent about the spiritual principles on which it operates. Alongside her 18 years as azzur’s founder, Lorraine brings 20 years' service industry experience to bear through her senior leadership roles at British Airways (BA) and Great North Eastern Railway (GNER). It is Lorraine's belief in individual and organisational power for good that gives azzur its raison d'etre. azzur and Lorraine specifically has worked with clients across the business spectrum from financial services, to retail and transport to healthcare an in both the public and private sectors. azzur is focused on developing contemporary, spirited leadership capability, and organisations built on inspiring purpose, empowering cultures and a powerful vision and values. She is championing new models of leadership and organisational development founded on the principles of conscious leadership and writes extensively on these topics.She is a member of a number of global spiritual groups and communities serving the greater good of Humanity and the planet. She works and studies extensively in developing and exploring conscious leadership believing that business leaders are key players in transforming the well-being of the planet and humanity as a whole.