Future of leadership: Societal leader

The position of a social enterprise can be divided into three central subjects: social management, strategic organisation, and personal leadership. Each of the three positions presents the societal leader with specific tasks and considerations. The functions should not be seen individually but in their entirety. Therefore, a ‘healthy’ social entrepreneur seeks to blend activities and personal attributes that optimally approach each task.

Which skills can you grow to become a societal leader? We also examined some of the societal leaders’ traditional views. I hope that you have been provoked to explore what you believe in. Let us now dive deep in the talents that you will nurture to become a pioneer in society.

Systems Thinking

Global issues such as climate change, food safety, nutrition and socioeconomic injustice come with many players and are part of dynamic processes for people, the environment and developments. Progress involves therefore the deviation from conventional, bureaucratic and linear methods and the development of solutions involving an extensive stakeholder network with a diverse and integrated dynamic. This technique is called systems thinking.

Systems thinkers should put together various partners for a structural change. It is critical that we go far beyond standard exploratory space and think about the whole environment, if we are to make significant changes. If you are, say, a food manufacturer, then you can look at the entire chain, for example how your organization, in which neighbourhoods you have factories, farmers and pickers, working conditions in the retail shops that you sell etc. are influenced by your organisation.

Disrupt yourself

Many prominent societal leaders in history have seen injustices and an overwhelming urge to do something about it in the world. They have also experienced extreme conditions that have disturbed the way they see and blend into the environment. It doesn’t have to be just as serious with the situations. 

However the value of educating ourselves about topics we’re concerned about is something we should learn out of those cases. Don’t just hear about issues, go out and get to know them. Talk to affected individuals, visit affected areas – it can disturb your thoughts and yourself. If you work in retail, you should go and the shops to learn the experiences of the customers. Connect with people who have lost livelihoods, houses and relatives due to natural disasters while you are worried about climate change. Talk about people who struggle with debilitating illnesses if you are keen on building a healthy world. There are infinite options. In essence what we mean is, move into the boxing ring of life and give yourself up to improbable collisions.

This is made even simpler by technology in today’s world; you can connect people who live very different lives. Be comfortable and committed to encountering the unknown and not sitting on the sidelines.

Improve self-awareness and find your purpose

As Friedrich Nietzsche said, “He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how.” The personal vision of societal leaders is what inspires and guides them every day. Many of us have never sat down and investigated our purpose. If we don’t, we will pursue externally defined objectives, sometimes with an increasing sense of unfulfillment. We might question ourselves at some point, is it all? Sometimes we feel stuck without a strong sense of meaning. But may serve as a northern star, which leads and helps us.

We suggest writing a letter from the future, in order to explore your objective.

This remark — from your future to your present self — is a way of conceiving and thinking about what happened over the past seven years, say, from now.

The letter should deal with the following questions:

What kind of people were you?

How did you experience people?

What is the world you want to create for future generations?

What were you most effective in doing this?

What are your world’s largest contributions?

How have the last seven years been?

What gave you the most pleasure?

How do you grow to become a societal leader?

The letter from the future will not only take you away from the mud of your daily lives; it will also help you tap your greater meaning.

Mentor and be mentored

Societal leaders provide an investigation group where they can rest, think, make sense and advance. They’ve got mentors and they became better mentors. You may achieve mentors or become one for someone on your own path.

To find mentors, begin by finding three people, whom you know and who consider to be knowledgeable and talented, who you believe are the best examples of societal leaders in different fields. Ask them to be your mentors: for example, you should have a 30-minute chat once a month. Find 3 other people to whom you can coach at the same time: people who may learn from your skills or experiences.

Understand the places where you should grow

Enabling your personal agency doesn’t mean that you have to leave your daily work. In fact, companies may play an important role in creating a fairer and prosperous world. Profit-making organizations may make a powerful effort, as are government institutions, non-profit companies and social firms.

The journey begins with you

Everybody, including you, has a road to become a societal leader. How you start it is up to you. It could be a corporation, a family, or something related to your culture.

Whatever the business, it has to resonate with you—it may be 10 out of 10 for you in our diagnostic test. Then get a tiny pilot started and spend five percent of your time on it every day. Nothing more than the present moment to act.

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