Watching the painful gyrations of our government over the past few weeks, it convinces me that there is one most important leadership principle in this age. This is true not only for our government, but for our corporations, teams and families. And, it is not new. It only needs renewal.
The Bible, as well as every other Holy book of every great religion, sought to promote unity even if its followers failed to understand or act accordingly, as they usually did. “And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” (Mathew 12:25) And the Apostle Paul said: “If ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another” (Gal.5:15). The primary mission of Mohammed was to unite the warring and fractious Arab tribes under the banner of One God. The subject of spiritual unity and the connection of all living things is a predominant theme of Buddhism and Hinduism as well. “He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye,” Buddha is reported to have said.
In future posts I will explore the key characteristics that promote unity within the organization.