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May 07 2020

 

 

THE CASE FOR INNER PEACE

Dean Newlund shares a leadership lesson from abroad.

ON A RECENT TRIP TO BANGKOK, my thoughts centered on how to best serve my client. Traveling internationally had become routine. Little did I know that, on this trip, the teacher would become the student, and I would receive some valuable lessons on leadership.

Weary from a full day of flying, and bleary-eyed from a lack of sleep, I checked into my Bangkok hotel, hailed a cab and high-tailed it to the Grand Palace. This was my only  opportunity for siteseeing on this trip. I had seen other palaces, like Versailles, a testament of power and wealth. But the Grand Palace, with its temple, gold roofs, and statues of Buddha, served as a reminder that inner peace and outer peace are mirrors to one another. It made one want to sit, observe and take a deep breath.

The lesson: Leaders cannot bring peace and harmony to their team until they cultivate peace and harmony within themselves.

On my cab ride back to the hotel, I wondered how many companies would be better run, how many customers and communities would be better served if leaders mastered themselves before leading others.

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“Can you accept the notion that once you change your internal state, you don’t need the external world to provide you with a reason to feel joy, gratitude, appreciation, or any other elevated emotion?”
― Joe Dispenza, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One

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