My optimism comes from working with courageous leaders

What does it take to become a leader, a real one: A leader capable of embarking his organization on the path of the future?

In other words a leader who:

Goes against the tide
Dares to belief in so many new paradigms and put into practice new behaviors and methods
Has the courage to UN-learn old behaviors and mental models.
Faces the unforgiving opposition of entrenched vested interests and power
Persuades fearful and fatalist people that better is possible
Convinces non learners that learning is required and possible till the very end of one’s life
Accepts uncertainty, unpredictability, disruption and chaos as just normal in the complex adaptive world
Remains humble, take responsibility of mistakes and assigns success to his people and teams

A leader who masters so many more other ways of being in the world…

It is a wonder that enlightened leaders exist.
It is no wonder that so few embark on overcoming their and their people’s immunity to change.

This being said, it is obvious, as Kegan and Laskow Lahey say so clearly, that:

“The leaders and organizations that master the immunity to change will be dominant in their sectors in the new century. They will set the new standards… They will be the most admired… They will have the greatest loyalty and commitment of their internal constituents… “

Those leaders will transform the World.

I so love to be with them, and help them walk this impossible path…

Ad Augusta per Angusta…

UPLIFTED after a conversation with a HUMANIST, a leader of to-morrow, who has proved it works today

A leader who intimately believes in people, that everyone, no matter where they are today,  can grow, flourish, self-develop.

This company is the proof that, as the people benefit, flourish and uplift, their families do, their communities do, the regions in which the company operates do … but also, and as significantly, the shareholders get higher returns, the clients better service, products, quality and innovation, the suppliers and all the partners they work with are co-creating with the company and its clients an ecosystem that allows everyone to flourish.

But it takes a leader, not a proud charismatic, individuality, a humble, courageous, persistant, leader. A leader of which the people say “we did it ourselves” (Old Chinese Wisdom)



About charlesvanderhaegen

I am a grandfather of an immensely inspiring family, thanks to the most incredible wife. To satisfy my family's needs, I was for 30 years business entrepreneur, roller coasting between success and failure. 17 years ago I was forced to stop and reflect. I dug into theory and discovered the World out there, that my involvement in Business had kept hidden to me. I feared that I will not escape remaining amidst my trans-disciplinary quest forever, bouncing back and forth from action to theory, always puzzled by Europe's apparent incapacity to free itself from its Institutional/Technological Lock-ins. My horizon opened up when Gunter Pauly, my intimate friend of 35 years, asked me to join him and take charge ZERI's development in Europe. I am now fully engaged alongside Gunter Pauli in the and the @myblueeconomy Networks as CEO of ZERI.EU vzw (Non for Profit association)
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