When I was 23 years of age I met an amazing wise persona, he was my father in law (a man of great executive presence). He was not very tech savvy. Businesses were still getting use to the idea of computers. Fax and pagers were the in things. Technologies such as the mail, internet, chat were around but not very popular.
Yes, there were mobile phones and texting was the craze. Smartphones as we know them now were no where to be seen. My father in law somehow or the other managed technology to the best of his abilities. He was an individual who saw any technology advancement as an opportunity and never a disruption.
We are constantly living in the age of disruption. Many people have an obsession especially with digital disruption that is is totally misguided. For some reason, we are consumed by disruption rather than compassion. Disruption removes us from compassion thus failure is seen as a nasty enemy of life.
Compassion in self-leadership or leadership takes us from disruption to transformation. Without self-compassion and compassion for others, we will always see failure as a great disruption to our life.
In the caring and encouraging words of the great philosopher Lao Tzu: “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Never resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
Disruption is a time for transformation. We must realise that ROI goes beyond financial gains, it is about the development and practical application of intelligence, communicationand emotional wisdom. An act simply know as executive presence that leaders and individuals need to excel in.
It is worth mentioning that with the dawn of the industrial revolution, computer age numerous people lost their jobs but at the same time new types of jobs were created. Any kind of technological advancement transforms the world. A similar scenario is bound to happen with the growth of robots, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and much more. For example number of tasks that are being carried out by doctors soon computers and robots will be able to perform all by themselves.
With executive presence in play the fear of job loss in an age of obsession with digital disruption could easily be resolved. People have been told many myths and lies about executive presence. In fact, some think it is some kind of mysterious superpower only graced upon few chosen one. From my father in law’s perspective executive presence was required by everyone, not just leaders. His word for it was JIGRA or as some would say brave heart, resilience, grit. To be specific JIGRA would mean:
- Journey of self leadership then leading others
- Inner self discovery leading to developing your outer self
- Gratitude in all situations, no matter how tough
- Respect and integrate both emotions and logic
- Awakening The A.C.E – Awareness. Consciousness. Energy
And this means the harmonious integration of:
- Emotional Wisdom
In general, the projected loss of jobs is somewhat inevitable – an aspect that calls for leaders’ executive presence. Perhaps humans will one day develop a form of AI which will be able to understand their emotions. Maybe, in the end, Stephen Hawking’s sentiments will prove to be true.
Until it happens, leaders equipped with executive presence will have to train and nurture individuals to acquire emotional intelligence and help them to tap into their emotional wisdom in order to remain relevant.
With the focus on executive presence it means to have a “leap of faith”, that knowing to have the ability of bending reality. Thus achieving ROI.
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