Every exemplary leader will have an established high-quality inner circle. Outstanding leaders have achieved their position not by accident and never by what they do alone. They bring with them people of proven talent and a similar philosophy about caring for people and personal growth. This is why I mentioned age and experience in my last paper. They are a proven entity.
Bear in mind that this quality of Inner Circle is not an accident but a deliberate plan to bring a certain type of person on board as a member of a working body. This group of talented individuals will be fully supported to play to their strength and take charge as leaders when necessary. In almost every case, they have worked together for years. It takes time to establish the metal and value of each member.
So, it is a body of people that enters the world government environment, not just a single outstanding person. No organization functions well due to one person, regardless of how unique and capable they might be. That is why for years, I have taught leaders ways to build special relationships with certain staff members who demonstrated a quality above and beyond.
Time and work ethics and philosophies that build off the leader’s own mindset bring them together. This also helps identify negative leaders who would make themselves a sub-group with themself as a leader. Usually, leaders like these have little or no respect for the actual leader. Needless to say, a dysfunctional organization is the result.
In this case, exposing the negative leader is a must. Although they may be good at what they do, which can make it more challenging to eliminate them, they will invariably damage the organization in the long run.
The Inner Circle–Essential to a leader—Represents the best.
Regardless of National or World government, Leadership is a must.
As I put my thoughts to paper, I realize the immense need for only the best of our Leaders to be on a governing body. They must be exemplary in every possible way. This is not nor cannot be a training ground for any who are not qualified. In this, I believe, age and experience are of great importance.
I place age first. Only because those extra years bring the experience I refer to. I have written that the experiences which have the most significant and lasting impact on us are often repeated. Examples of this abound in a marriage and/or the relationships between parent and child. It is an unavoidable truth, and most damaged people result from this.
Also, my position for many years is that leaders have more than just power over those they lead. They can either create an environment that allows followers to grow or an environment that is harmful and, in some cases, destructive.
So, although a world government may or may not occur, there should be means to restrict this group’s selection to include only the wisest. Ideally, these would be those who have demonstrated such wisdom over the years. And that they have given much to others, rejecting special and narrow interests. People like these have existed throughout the ages. Every nation and religion has given birth to them.
Naturally, this might never happen, but the danger remains that we may self-destruct. We can only guess what the future may bring, as it is not ours to know. Still, we see that much is not right. Simply accepting this as the way the world is and functions amounts to madness. The willingness to confront problems proactively is part of what makes an exceptional leader. Hopefully, they are among us.
Great leaders are few–A gift to be close to them–They are not a dream
What do I know? Not much about much. I know about power, leadership, relationships, and communication between people. This has been my continuing interest, study, and work for almost eighty years. So, my observations about World Government are based on only what I know.
Ideally, the governing body should comprise people who represent where they have come to be the adults they are. They must have demonstrated a passion for representing and speaking for the many and not just the narrow interests of oligarchies and the powerful. They should view the world as a single, precious totality to care for without regard for borders and fences.
While I can’t speak to finances and other resources, it is clear that a governing body requires them if it is to function. Science, technology, and education need to be fully supported. The need for weapon development or eradication should be studied for the world’s good. Another imperative is research and development for the health and safety of the world’s population.
The world belongs to each of us, so there should be no need for gated borders. Freedom must be granted to all. A free world can foster an economy that ensures all the ability to make a good living and care for one’s own.
My philosophy as a leader and entrepreneur was based on these tenents. We cared for all and helped them learn how to care for each other. In my opinion, being responsible for the well-being of people we live with, work with, etc., is essential to the world’s survival. We have enormous troubles, and I believe we must begin to act… OR?
Tine is not a thought—It is running out quickly—The world is ready.
I do not ask for agreement. In fact, I invite any comments. They can be about what I write or what you want to write about. Nothing I say is cast in concrete, ever. I type, and the words come out and become thoughts and ideas. You’re welcome to do the same.
So, I believe the world is in trouble because, in my view of things, it certainly is. I’ve mentioned the troubled environment, water, food and trade, population growth, and wars that, if they spread, could destroy our planets and life. Ironically, these are facts we all know. Yet, being helpless in the face of this is not my style.
For this paper, I express myself as the person I think I am and have been. I’ve written about being an independent and self-sufficient guy. It was clear to me early on that I was not a “joiner” or “groupie.” As a participant, I enjoyed the group. Still, I related to them as individuals. I was close to a few, but not to most of them.
Although I went to UCLA to become a professional, I chose to be an entrepreneur instead. I did work for the school system and received my credentials, but I never lost my passion for being me (whatever that meant). So, I created my own organization along with a philosophy that oozed out of me. It’s what I wanted and became. The process pushed and pulled me.
So, when I consider the world and ways to govern it, freedom for each person as a unique self may have to be altered. I am one of the lucky ones who never felt denied or restricted. Yet too many in our country know denial and restriction as their life experience. Hopefully, a world government will find a way to give every human the freedom “to be.” Meanwhile, I can dream of better things to come… Right?
I used to be in two places at the same time. I was always in the present with staff and kids, but when the time presented itself, I investigated the possibilities of visiting Europe as a place to hike and bike with campers and their parents. Why was I considering parents? Because many of them saw the benefits of camp. So, we would talk about what they envied and their own needs as adults. It was an invitation for me to look into a potential activity that was not common at the time. Whether the trips would remain combined or separate—one for children and one for adults— was also considered. Education and adventure were the clear benefits.
The point is that future focus was not an uncommon occurrence for me when time allowed. And now, I have the time to consider the future of our world. From my perspective, the world is having severe environmental difficulties, forcing changes that must be dealt with—air quality, drinking water, and growing the world’s food, are but a few.
All of this is serious enough, but what of the capabilities numerous nations have to destroy it all? At this time, I’m being forced to look into the future because how things are going NOW does not bode well. We must undertake different and better ways to govern and live as the one world we are before there is no time left to ponder any future!
In my opinion, nations that think they can act, live, and prosper independently live in a pipe dream. We need each other. We need to be able to trade and exchange what is full within our basket for what is full in the other’s basket. We need to see our world as a gift none of us can do without, and we all need to share in its care. Much more to come.
I live here with you—We need what we each can do—This is good for all.
There is no difference except that being thought of as a leader places that person in a position they may not have chosen. This happens when people volitionally elevate someone because of their attributes and behavior. In this case, people have selected a person to lead them who they trust to represent and protect them in many ways.
Otherwise, leaders are selected by those in leadership positions. It’s not the people they are to lead that do the choosing because this gives power to those not intended to have it. The power to empower is a rare gift made available to few people. Leadership selection takes place in most organizations where a hierarchy is in place. Power is established, as are the methods of selecting leaders, and is not easily shared.
Leaders selected by a group may be political or social. In the case of a sports team, selection may be based on the contribution an individual makes, which benefits the team and, therefore, its members. So, as I have written, the power to select a leader depends greatly on the type of organization we have in mind.
Entrepreneurs mostly do what they do for money. Power is rarely a driving force (although it exists). It’s important to know when and if power is the motive behind one’s behavior. It’s not difficult to identify—only difficult to deal with.
I care for people—Help them as best as able—It is good this way.
A leader’s behavior, meaning their ability to engage in Genuine Dialogue, is always witnessed by subordinates. Here I mean the family and those around the kitchen table, at work, at school, and relationships in general. So, it is always the leader, whether a parent or any person in that role, who, while talking, doing their job, or just being, can succeed in conveying an open, receptive and nurturing nature. Naturally, the best judges of whether this is so or not are those at its immediate effect.
A significant problem at the root of every leadership failure is that most who lead only want subordinates to follow them. In other words, from that leader’s perspective, they only desire pawns who will do their bidding instead of allowing followers to assert their leadership. So, when this type of leader “leads,” the “truth” they get back is not exactly what they need or want. Typically, that type of leader blames others instead of accepting responsibility for their own failings.
So, I emphasize that the core of relationship problems between leaders and followers is the leader’s behavior, not the relationship. This failure is not a shared responsibility. How can it be when all the power resides in the hands of the leader?
There is no question that it takes a special person who, when and if they become a leader, will fill that role with an open example of courage, honesty, and an authentic desire to help their followers grow so that they can realize their own potentials.
I lead to improve—You, if you choose to be more—We help each other
As you all know, I have lived, studied, and taught the fundamentals of GD. But, in our present time and day, it appears this level of communication is a rarity and becoming even more so. There are many reasons why I think this is happening.
Our modern world continues to grow smaller in terms of dwindling resources. Environment, food production, and water availability continue to shrink while cities overflow with millions of people. And while the technological explosion expands the ability and necessity of trade, I suggest that although many of us share the same language, we are more disconnected today than ever before. I believe all of the challenges I’ve referred to will force us to revise our way of living—not only as individuals and nations but in the variety of ways nations are governed. I won’t pursue that subject further but continue with why I firmly believe that Genuine Dialogue is more needed than ever.
Let’s start at the beginning. People need people. Our world would and could not exist as we know it without animals, plants, and human proliferation. Evolution has brought us to the point where it is obvious that if we are to continue our journey here on earth, we must find better ways to live and share our remarkable world.
Now it’s more important than ever before that the human race commits to communicating with each other. Only after we find ways to facilitate our ability to convene as one will we be able to solve the problems we face. We know well enough what they are today, and soon, we will be confronted by tomorrow’s. So consider this from your perspective: Are you present when being with another? Do you hear them when they speak and are you doing your best to understand them? Do you express your understanding by “confirming” them? And finally, are you as candid as you wish the other to be?
Our world does not wait—Time moves and so do all things—Can we wait for what?
Just being a leader of others, whether as a parent, teacher, entrepreneur, political or military leader, places this person in a position of power with influence over those that follow and often upon whom they depend.
The fact is that the power these people possess is not open to discussion but a given. Their position carries a certain weight that influences the behavior of those they lead. Often without any way to contest this power.
But there is a way to moderate and seriously influence the leader’s behavior and power. This results from the leader building a talented and courageous small group of unique individuals, which I have labeled for years as “The Inner Circle.”
What makes the Inner Circle such a vital gift to any family or organization is the process I have called “Genuine Dialogue.” It allows members of the Inner Circle to take leadership with full power and wield it identically to the true leader. Ideally, many members of inner circles, as I’ve described, can and will create inner circles of their own.
Most importantly, when any leader creates their Inner Circle, the leader must be willing to share their power and also be ready to step up and support the “now” leader.
“Genuine Dialogue,” with the building blocks I’ve written about and taught for years, inevitably comes upon problems and issues that must be dealt with at the moment. In these instances, the leader may be anyone in the group who is in the best position to address the specific call. Effective leaders know that when they entrust their Inner Circle, Wisdom, not power, takes over.
Deever Jenkins passed away. Most of you, of course, did not know him, but lots of us did. He came to Purple Sage Day Camp as a little boy in the fifties and stayed with us until camp Shasta ended in 1970.
I write “he was complex,” and he was. Bright and caring, he was a contributor and always did a wonderful job when responsible for others. In fact, we thought him good enough to take over camp in the seventies. He always contributed what he could to help make things better for others. To that point, he and another long-term camper ran a successful day camp program for a large temple in Las Vegas. Lenette and I were very proud of the job they did.
He loved surfing and made this activity his “go-to” until he suffered a head injury. He also loved fishing, which was something he and another camper took very seriously. He leaves behind two adult children and a remarkable sister.
Deever’s history ultimately played an important part in his life; In his late teens and early twenties, he demonstrated tremendous leadership potential. He had much to give and did so. We will always remember him.
Deever lived his way—He surfed and loved his fishing—He remains with us.