Leadership Dynamics: Purpose And Impartiality

This little offering is distilled from notes for recent client engagements that highlighted the subjects of purpose and impartiality in their leadership context.

There are certain developmental propositions that live at the heart of leadership development. Amongst the leaders of the pack are purpose perception and developing impartiality. There is a deep connection between the two that is important to understand.

Purpose – dictionary definition: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.

Impartiality – Wikipedia definition: a principle of justice holding that decisions should be based on objective criteria, rather than on the basis of bias, prejudice, or preferring the benefit to one person over another for improper reasons.

Purpose and impartiality
To magnify the deep connection between purpose perception and developing impartiality, let’s shine the spotlight on two diametrically opposite scenarios:

A team engaged in high purpose discovery, inclusive of questions such as: What are the purposes of living? What is our mission together? What do we want to accomplish from both a business and human perspectives? What future do we want to create together?

A team setting its sight upon maximizing profits and not much else.

If you were a neutral participant with a ‘fly on the wall’ like participation, alternating between the two scenarios, you would become aware that over time, impartiality is far more prevalent in group one than it is in group two.

The reason for this is that having a high purpose creates the mind-space to appreciate the incredible scope of the human opportunity. This mind alignment attracts a constant flow of fresh intelligence-inducing energies and powers that enable the connected person to engage with life from a vista of high personal elevation.

Cash is great, when in context…
While there is nothing wrong with making lots of money – in both contexts above – the acute state of partiality of the second group to a singular profit/loss metric would make it tone deaf to the multi-dimensional developmental – personal and organizational – opportunities awaiting to be discovered and realized.

Space for more than just the self in self
High purpose awareness creates the inner spaces that naturally promote the growth of the bigger person in the person and developing impartiality as a direct by-product. The absence of a high purpose awareness locks people in partiality to (self-arresting) singular views. Examples to that are all around us – just watch today’s news.

If the human opportunity is like a rainbow, would you not want to be able to perceive the whole spectrum? High purpose perception is impossible for those based in red with a sniff of blue…

Impartiality is a Godly quality
Leaders blessed with impartiality demonstrate their purpose awareness by creating the space for all and any belief systems with unambiguous constructive intentions and practices to be free to live their way; for differences between people’s natures and expression to be viewed as adding invaluable perspectives to the whole; for difference in views to help in awareness-building processes; for demonstrated capabilities to earn respect; all without fear or favour.

The higher the purpose, the greater space.

What is your purpose..?

David Gommé
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