Celebrating Life, and “Soulular” Leadership
Where there are people there is conflict. Most leaders do not acknowledge conflict and many sweep it under the rug. However, my view is that conflict is an opportunity to create love and unity.
I learned that from my 17-year trusted relationship with Ples Felix whose grandson killed my son. Ples and I are still together and often travel together speaking to kids here is the US and also other parts of the world. He is an important person in my life, and we have become brothers. There is a bond between us that will be there for the rest of our lives.
Forgiveness lives in our souls. I now teach leaders in the corporate and the nonprofit environment to tap into the soul and become what I call “Soulular Leaders.” Einstein warned us “We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. It cannot lead; it can only serve.”
Even though Einstein was right on, so many of us lead from the intellect. The entire educational system is designed to make us more intelligent. However in my journey I have learned that the soul is mightier than the brain and the heart. When you lead from the soul, you make decisions that are compassionate, caring and loving. You make decisions that are in the highest good for you, the person you are dealing with, and the universe. Soulular leaders also are able to take conflict and turn it into unity and love.
As we go to polls this election year it is important that we choose soulular leaders who demonstrate the ability to create unity from conflict and not ones who create more conflict.
Check and see your own leadership style. When Tariq was alive, I lead from the intellect. While I did have an established spiritual practice I did not bring spirit into my work. I now understand the limitation of this approach. Today I bring spirit into everything I do, and I have noticed that my decision-making has a more profound impact than when I solely relied on my intellect. There is nothing wrong with having a brilliant intellect. But intellect by itself is limited. When you combine the intellect with the soul, you become a soulular leader and make decisions that promote a better, more compassionate and kinder world.
I believe this is so very much needed in our society today. And the realization of having such leaders, leading a nation built on principle of unity, forgiveness and peace would definitely be something to celebrate.
Azim N. Khamisa
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