The essence of leadership is service--serving the needs of your customers and your organization. This is the kind of wisdom that produces innovative thought and action. It ensures rising above the status quo which is always vulnerable to the next great industry disruption.
True leaders serve. But how do they do this during times of instability, and when faced with relentless competition? The temptation to take easy shortcuts and make fear-based decisions can be great.
The principles of leadership are timeless. And those who lead must revisit them again and again, reflect on the ancient philosophies that great leaders throughout the centuries relied on. That is the subject of cognitive scientist Edward Slingerland's new book Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity. Attaining the wisdom of leadership puts one into a flow state, creating an aura of influence and irresistibility. Today's big idea explores zen leadership--mastering a higher state of service--to your customers, your organization, and the world.