Conscious Exodus Publications has posted updates and inspirations for the upcoming and overdue book I am working to finish. My deadline to self publish this book isn't a good thing if I want to get it finished by Spring.
Here's a sample of the introduction again and I will post a Chapter list with an about the author soon. This blog should possibly help speed up the process and get it out to more folks who aren't avid Facebook users. Share this Blogger link with anyone who might want to get a signed copy of the book at cost or free eBook version. Thanks to all my friends and family who are supporting me in this exciting experience.
And remember to ask the question, "Where's your Conscious Exodus taking you today?"
HABITS, PRINCIPLES, AND PERSONAL CHOICES OF MORAL LEADERSHIP
For Leaders of Conscience in the 21st Century
Copyright 2010 By William J. Nelson, M.Ed.
It is important to understand that I write this with hopes that it becomes a public victory as part of a personal battle against the forces of pessimism and despair that have become prevalent in this world. I have been both a victim as well as a culprit over my lifetime. I don’t think any of us are free of the shame that comes with the guilt of being selfish, bossy, overbearing, mean-hearted, and egotistical. Our lives are not given to us without a price we must pay to be human.
Our lives are full of choices. These are choices that make us or break us. Some of our choices often break us apart into little pieces or overcome us to turn us into the handmaidens of the devil himself. These choices are crucial to the positive development of our inner being; our soul, our spirit, our ruwach. These choices are ours alone to make and with each of these choices we make, we influence the choices others must make. Sometimes we feel that we have no choice. I caution you as you may make the assumption that there is no choice. Keep in mind that I believe a leader of conscience leads with head as well as heart and soul.
Our habits make us who we are and help become who we are supposed to be. This very statement implies that there is no free choice. Who are you, who am I, who is he or she…supposed to be? These habits are both good and bad. These habits create a personality that we may think we may not be able to change as we get older. These habits derive from biological as well as environmental factors that we must understand if we are to make ground in the fight against those who will never understand the world we live in as leaders of conscience do. Habits can cause us to become monsters to those around us or cause us to be highly effective individuals capable of great things during our lifetime. The habits we develop cannot take root in our unconsciousness. These habits must be deliberate. Leaders of conscience make the choice to establish habits of effectiveness.
Freewill is an essential element of the underlying arguments and teachings in this book. Our lives are not like the lives of wild creatures unless we have allowed our brains to become damaged by degenerative forces or accidental injury. Modern science accepts that our brains are wired to resort to primitive action-reaction responses under certain circumstances. However, if we allow ourselves to succumb to this hard wiring because it is an easier way to deal with life’s battles, we are not moving ourselves into a position of conscious and proactive principle-driven decision making.
Our species has evolved into a species of conscious choices that can be driven by principles. We can be principle driven or choose not to be directed by morals and virtues. We can be virtue-less, immoral, or unethically driven if we choose to be. As we move deeper into the understanding of ourselves as human creatures of habit, choice, and principles we will become confronted with many questions that seem as if there are no answers. Our principles are essential to success in this world and the evolution of the world of the 21st century. This is intended to be one of the most thought-provoking books you will probably read on the topic of leadership of conscience. Political correctness will be challenged as I argue specific points.
The message lends itself to how we as leaders of self first, can become leaders of the world for the 21st century, right from the confines of our small office spaces in our own communities as well as from the power positions of CEO and government official. Remember this as you read through each chapter, the principles we select to live our lives by, effect the decisions we make as leaders of conscience.
I have been working in the field of education for more than 15 years. I have realized an overlooked truth, if teaching isn’t directed at some significant lifelong goal that is oriented toward the survival of humanity as outlined in Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs, then forward thinking is probably not going to take place and win-win is inevitably going to be lose-lose.
Many people would like to see nothing better than you fail in your efforts to become a positive leader of many from a small office space (maybe even your own front porch). As you read this many have sided with the devil in their efforts to rise to powerful positions of glory. Our world can no longer sustain itself as a place of peace, hope, and dignity if we sit back as pacifists do in the fight for moral leadership.
These leaders of ego are not the people we want leading our world through the 21st century, but yet, these are the people that often rise to power positions and influence others in their efforts to “rule the roost.” Do not become discouraged or let despair keep you from moving into the point position and declaring…”I will not go quietly into the dark night!” Choose to make every conscious effort to overcome these people and help them change into the positive leaders of conscience they should become. The law of limited resource does not apply to leaders of conscience.
To these people of integrity, leadership is not a popularity contest, it is not a set of correct answers during an interview, nor is it a majority of the votes in an election. With this in mind, leadership should not be a group isolated in the ivory tower, or an authority figure that dictates policy, procedures, or assignments. Leadership should be courteous, kind-hearted, compassionate, obedient, courageous, reverent and driven by principle-centered decision making not the politics of limited resources or the ego of “I’m number one.” A leader is not number one, but rather the last one and the first one. As you go through each chapter of this book keep this statement in mind, a leader chooses to be the last one and the first one in everything that needs to be done.
Read on with intent. Enjoy the ride, experience the thrill of the journey, look at the wonders as you walk down the path. The proverbial pot of gold is not always at the end of the rainbow, sometimes there's only a few rocks to find when you get to your destination. It's the experience of the voyage that is important to notice as you travel through life and along the Dao that Lǎozǐ refers to and explains in his great work Dao De Jing.
And then, this might all be a blind man's reality. I hope not. My intentions are to wipe the dust from the eyes of the blind so that they can say, “now I can see.” I don’t claim to be any more enlightened or capable then any of you reading this right now. I also am a searcher as well as a follower of those leaders of conscience that exist in the world.
A starting point for leaders of conscience
Leadership is more than being selected to lead.
Leadership is more than being elected to lead.
Leadership is more than being brash enough to tell someone how you want it done.
Leadership is being able to show someone how it can be done and allowing him or her to help you do it.
Leadership cannot be a top down way of doing things.
Leadership cannot be a hierarchy of dictates, demands, and orders. A leader of conscience is a servant to the people he or she leads.
A leader of conscience is a leader of faith.
A leader of conscience is a leader of hope.
A leader of conscience is a leader of love.
Leaders of conscience are positive and quick to change the negative to the positive.
Leaders of conscience look to change destructive forces into constructive forces without using destructive forces in their favor.
Leaders of conscience understand the option of the legitimate use of force is considered cautiously in a constructive manner.
Leaders of conscience understand the authority to punish is carefully applied as an intolerable alternative to the power to encourage and change the behavior of those not living up to their full potential.
Leaders of conscience understand the ability to influence others is not a power he or she uses for personal gain or selfish satisfaction.
Leaders of conscience understand the ability to influence others happens without planning for a leader of conscience.
Leaders of conscience also understand, and are concerned, that the ability to influence others happens without planning for a leader of ego and must be carefully paid attention to.
Leaders of conscience do not deny other leaders of conscience opportunities to lead.
Leaders of conscience work with other leaders in efforts to change any selfish, ego-driven, and power maddening ways of these leaders.
Nothing can happen that is not meant to happen.
Those who have made the world a better place through their hard work and efforts have done so with permission. These kind of human beings display a sense of self that cannot be ignored. They are often driven by belief in a Heaven and Hell. They pissed off many people in the process.
Is life really like a jig-saw puzzle with some of the pieces hidden along the trail of a scavenger hunt filled with riddles to solve before you can proceed to the next item you need to recover? What would St. Augustine of Hippo tell you? Pick it up and read it perhaps, “tolle lege, tolle lege.”
During the course of this text, I will attempt to rely on stories and text from a variety of ancient as well as modern philosophers, statesmen, pastors, education professionals, and researchers. I will also refer to prophets and saints of many of the world’s major and minor religions. In addition to these figures, I will also refer to some of the world’s most obscure and prominent military leaders of land, sea, and air. From time to time, you will find live links to Internet web sites that might be useful for those of you who wish to learn more about the tangential topics. As you read through this book, and explore the extraneous topics, I hope you become reflective, inspired, and committed to conscience.
Without education, the lamp of knowledge would burn out and the World would walk in darkness. Continue to learn. Continue to teach. Continue to make each moment count as part of the journey. Look, listen, and feel the experiences you belong to. Help others experience the taste of that which they have no prior knowledge of. Chopped meat is great if that is the only meat you have ever tasted. It makes for an awesome cheeseburger. What does a good delmonico taste like? Or even, more mysterious, what about a chateaubriand? Then there is the sought after additional aspect to add into the equation, what about any cut of an American Wagyu? If you have never tasted the sweet shrimp and have always had those bland boiled gritty shrimp with the vein still running through their back, then how does that move you forward along your journey?
If you have never seen the walls of a Norman castle up close or touched the cold stone of which it is constructed layer upon layer, then how can you fathom the effort put forth in its construction? If you have never exhausted yourself in the heat of the sun using your bare hands to construct something, then how can you fully appreciate the same Norman castle during a time when hard labor was the way it was done? If all we ever heard as song was the drums of Techiman then where would the love of music arise? Help each other experience life and you will experience life.
Make a point to teach something you know to someone; simple things you do for enjoyment, a life skill, your craft, or some knowledge of the world. Learn something new today. Embrace the wisdom within those around you and ask them about their life experiences. Be willing to share your experiences with those who ask. Be a searcher of knowledge and read about or listen to the world around you. Become the person you have aspired to be, or if you are one of the fortunate that has already made it to this point in your life, be a leader of integrity. Be a leader of conscience and help those around you in their journey.