Leading for more: How to become a societal leader

Social companies are not easy to manage. The task of maintaining financial integrity by using business strategies to positively create social consequences brings specific challenges in leadership and management.

A social entrepreneur’s position is a good starting point for exploring the ins and outs of a social company. The task of maintaining financial flexibility by using business strategies to create social effects effectively brings specific leadership and management challenges. Many researchers investigated the characteristics, models and hypotheses that illuminate the position of a social entrepreneur as leader. Social entrepreneurs should, on one hand, continuously affirm the importance of institutionalizing social value, leading through vision and direction. On the other hand, when a social enterprise is managed daily based on solid corporate management values, it must master the competition and risk-taking of the industry in order to ensure the business’ economic viability.

This contribution – a result of joint study into action with many stakeholders around the world – seeks to examine and resolve the challenge of leadership in a social business setting in which the creation of social capital is motivated by market competition and the company is committed to survival by providing independent financial sustainability.

A social entrepreneur’s position can be broken into three main topics: corporate leadership, strategic management and personal leadership. Each of the three positions presents the social business leader with specific tasks and considerations.

Roles can not be used individually, but in their entirety. A successful social entrepreneur thus seeks to blend best-in-class activities with personal qualities.

What capabilities can you develop in order to become a societal leader?

We also investigated some of the societal leaders’ common beliefs. I hope that this has provoked you to explore what you believe in. Now let us dig deep into the capacity you can nurture to become a societal leader.

Resourcefulness

“One of the most difficult things is not to change society – but to change yourself.” —Nelson Mendela

In order to change an organization or community it requires energy and endurance. This is far more efficient if we are completely resourced and in the right spirit. However, it’s easy for external stimuli (even daily triggers like someone else said or e-mail) to often strike us out of control, as we all know. That is why this trip – impacting the shift in our organization – cannot be started without knowing how our own thinking can be regulated and re-equilibrated as we get off track. The core of resourcefulness is the consciousness that it’s in our own hands if we aren’t at the highest, and we can improve it.

When we feel comfortable and resourceful, strong and motivated at our best – we are at our best. We can talk clearly and inspire others. 

But most of us aren’t really at our best. We are always overcome, exhausted, detailed, or so concentrated on results that we lose sight of the big picture. Our partnerships, thinking, thoughts and imagination are worse because we are not resourceful.

In a large measure, our condition is the essential component of our capacity for thinking, innovating, connecting and guiding. It is also essential to know how to decide our condition or mindset, regardless of how the world around us happens. Explore our practical guide, which will allow you to resource and rebalance yourself.

Courage

When we care deeply about something, it unleashes within us immense courage.  Societal leadership and indeed leadership as an ensemble, regardless of how challenging it can be, is about the ability to activate progress. Sometimes change starts with good discussions, explores parallels and disparities, and forges a new direction.

Systems Thinking

There are many stakeholders involved in global issues such as climate change, food shortages, health care and social inequalities and are part of a complicated human, ecological and changing framework. Progress needs a shift from conventional, hierarchical and linear approaches, and the adoption of strategies which involve a wide network of players with complex and linked dynamics. This method is called machine thought. system thinking.

System thinkers should put together various partners to construct a structural change. It is important to go well beyond the usual area of research and think about the whole environment in order to bring about positive changes. For example, if you are a food manufacturer, you would need to examine the entire chain: how your organization affects the societies in which you have factories, farmers and recipients, conditions of working in retail stores where you sell, etc.

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