Leadership of a New Kind is an international group of people that I’ve been working with since June 2018. It offers new perceptions on developing your potential, sharpening your intelligence, and rediscovering the strengths and gifts you and others were born with. It’s a combination of online meetings and in-person meetings in VT, NY, and Canada. A new cycle begins soon.
Leadership of the New Kind Introduction by Rafi Haham
A Philosophical Interlude – Thinking of Global Challenges:
If someone asked you: ‘What are the main challenges that the human race is facing today?’ what would your answer be? You can take a minute to think about it if you wish, before you continue reading.
While individual answers may differ, there is somewhat of a consensus among many experts in relation to this question. You can, in fact, run an internet search yourself and see what is listed on the web. For example, the ‘Millennium Project’ provides a list of 15 such challenges. ‘Sustainable development and climate change’ as its number 1, ‘Clean Water’ as its second main challenge, and ‘Population and Resources’ as its third. Down the list you will find items such as ‘Democratization’, ‘Rich-Poor Gap’, ‘Education and Learning’, ‘Peace and Conflict’ and more.
But if someone would ask a bit of a different question: ‘What stops the human race from getting its act together so that it can deal with these challenges?’
Or to put this question in different words: ‘Is there anything that stands in the way of people that prevents them from getting the point - something that’s holding people back, or even dumbing them down to the point of not being able to muster together their powers and intelligence?’
In my opinion, it’s a problem in the function of leadership in one of its core traditional roles – that of providing cohesion between people. To follow are the two main issues where this problem can be seen.
The two main points of fracture:
If we are to make such a short list (just 2 main points) – to exemplify what is holding back humans from getting their act together, then it must be something that causes a fracturing, or split, at such a deep level that it is strong enough to hinder communication and understanding and actually render people less intelligent; it must be something that cuts through the very core of the fabric of human society. Indeed, these two issues are exactly this type of matters.
Issue no. 1 – The Perception Gap of Gender Function
This point goes beyond just improving the status of women, or granting equal pay and equal opportunity – although these are important manifestations of the needed change. This begins at the subconscious level to do with how women and men view their own gender and how they view the other. It is about the willingness (or unwillingness) to lean into the other gender’s point of view and reality. If a man, for example, is locked into only his point of view, and that causes him to have disrespect in himself towards women, or if in his mind, he’s putting women down; then he is going to block himself from a certain kind of natural intelligence that could have been available to him. The same applies to groups of people; if a whole society (or team or group or nation) carries this pattern in their psyche, then this whole group is going to be limited in their access to intelligence. On the other hand, every group that will genuinely work at bridging this understanding gap, is going to benefit greatly, if just for the increased ‘perception resources’ that becomes available. What is being suggested here is big, because it is not just about ‘the war between the sexes’, but it suggests a fracture that exists in each individual’s mind, unless they have decided to consciously do something about it.
(You might be wondering at this point how this is to do with leadership, but we’ll get to it right after the next point)
Issue no. 2 – Being Locked into a Group Perception
This is the second strongest divider and fracturing agent. While it is very natural for people to group and team up together, the danger is that this can result in alienating oneself from another group and as a result to block oneself from another group’s point of view. Ask yourself if you belong to any team – can you think also from another team’s point of view? Or, with being born in one country or nation – do you have access to another culture’s point of view? All sane people understand that they are not individually the lone owners of truth; no one is, and that communicating with others is a source of inter-fertilization. Groups of people – like individuals – have become over time – years, centuries or millennia – the custodians of certain sets of perceptions; of certain ways of thinking and unique types of intelligence – much like every individual is different from the other. Being locked into one group’s perception might deprive one from access to a treasure trove of intelligence that is available – that’s in the light case – and in the worst case, to want to destroy the other group or culture, or to dominate it, rather than appreciate the beauty in the diversity.
Now Back to Leadership
So how is it all connected to leadership? Well, it should have been part of the function of leadership to bridge gaps and expand perception, because better cohesion, better understanding, enhances a group’s intelligence and capability, but the old maxim of ‘divide and rule’ is rooted so deeply in the psyche, that many people who occupy leadership positions don’t really function as leaders, but fall into the trap of being controllers or managers. When people do that, they don’t bother anymore with bridging gaps, or making an effort to understand another’s point of view, but rather add to the fracturing of perception – not only in relation to the two points mentioned above, but also to other areas of life.
One cannot lead without elevating their perception to a level higher than what they deal in.
So what do we want to see in Leadership of the New Kind?
As a first step, we want to shift the idea of leadership from the notion of control and power, to a notion that for the time being we will call: ‘Commitment to Development’. We want to see leadership that is concerned with bridging of gaps and with expansion of intelligence rather than being concerned with the management of people - but this is just the beginning. Down the road, we envision a real evolution in the function of leadership, translated into a new set of behaviors and tools of leadership of a new kind.
BECAUSE THE WORLD HAS CHANGED, BUT LEADERSHIP DID NOT
Back to being more practical:
The prerequisites for participating in this program:
These four simple points are for you to consider and see if you can say yes to them.
To be courageous enough to consider the world’s biggest problems, but humble enough to apply it in one’s own small (or big) pond first.
To be able to apply principles of the ‘new school’ leadership in some field of application
– the idea being that the program is not designed to end up as an intellectual exercise, but should provide tools for experimentation. As far as we – the team – are concerned, every participant can apply it in any type of field that they choose (Business, Education, Parenting, hobby group, community project or any other field), but commitment to application is important.
Some availability to travel and communicate internationally – although most of the work will be done locally or online, participation in the first in-person seminar is highly recommended.
Willingness to participate in something that is partly experimental and open ended by design; where indoor and outdoor training will be used, and where each participant will be part of the happening in an active way.
And that means that it will be up to all of us to turn it into the best leadership program possible.
A few more details about the program:
Leadership of the New Kind Program is a one year program that will train participants to develop and grow along three main themes:
Perception – where learning and discussions will take place to explain why the concept of leadership needs to be updated and what it means in terms of behaviors and needed skills.
Skills – where training and practice would take place to insure acquisition of needed skills so one becomes able to apply the principles of ‘Leadership of a New Kind’. This theme also includes increasing expression ability, communication, persuasion skills, coaching and motivating and much more.
Natural charisma – where the concept of natural charisma will be opened up and some training will take place to enable people to begin the journey of developing their own natural charisma.
This line of work is also necessary to increase the ability to apply certain skills. Some skills are easy to learn, but others require some personal development and self- development of the leader.
About the team:
The team is composed of a group of international trainers and instructors. The person who leads the program – Rafi Haham – has nearly 40 years of experience in leadership practiced in various situations and settings. You can read more about the team and about Rafi Haham at www.positionpurple.net you can also find there more details about the program and view some photos of activities from this year’s program.
If you are interested to know more about the program, contact us at Kim Milner – Program coordinator U.S. – firstname.lastname@example.org Rafi Haham – email@example.com
With warm regards,
Rafi Haham – and on behalf of the team