Leadership Development: What We Can Learn from Bin Laden’s Death
We are in a massive time of social change in just about every corner of the globe. With the death of a man who wanted to destroy land and people to create a polarized world we have an opportunity to navigate the complex realm of next steps.
While there was celebration, somewhat like Oz after the wicked witch of the west was “liquidated”, there is always more to the story. Let’s stay on the Oz theme for a moment. The Broadway play “Wicked” takes us back a step to look at the childhood issues that made the mean, nasty witch, well, mean and nasty.
There is always a back story. What needs to be lifted to the level of dialogue today is more than just making the U.S. the “good guys” and patting ourselves on the back for a “job well done”. Is killing off the enemy the only way we know?
Leadership development is meant to bring emerging leaders into a realm of thoughtful discussion, to look for new ideas and ways of being. Social change comes about as people resolve problems and meet challenges, discovering new processes of seeing, thinking, and being. Change is rooted in experience and reflected in the consciousness of people.
To whatever extent societal change can be consciously nurtured and guided toward the highest ideals and values, is the role of leaders; not to pat ourselves on the back because we had a better gunfight than they did.
Sadly what veils social change from becoming part of the daily dialogue is the Western pattern of dualistic thinking. Conflict is habitually seen, not as an interactive aspect of change, but as opposition: conservative versus liberal, humanist versus religionist, and so on.
When both sides characterize the “other” as opponent, there is a failure to appreciate the dependence we have on each other.
This is such a fertile time to talk, really talk about how to make a world work for the future generations. However, it is as they say in business terms, a strategic window that is open and will close soon if we do not take advantage of this time.