In school, at work or online

as a society — as parents — our job is the same.

More people able to pursue their own interests and dreams
  — owning their own present and future
    — that is the result of broadening leadership of society.

The question is how?

Do two things (whether the organization is business, education or government):

  1. Develop individual human potential.

    This is the domain of psychology, leadership development and education.

  2. Develop the organization as a whole.

    This is the domain of "methods for working together" (also known as methods of management, but the word management comes with significant misunderstanding and baggage.)

The two are related!

Only by developing individual human potential can those more wise and capable individuals develop organizations as a whole.

And only by developing organizations as a whole can we create the environment to better develop individual human potential in order to better fulfill the purpose of the whole organization.

Broaden leadership of society in Education

IF

students emerge from high school having learned enough about the world and themselves — to know what plucks their own heart strings

AND

personally powerful enough to pursue their own interests and dreams

THEN

as a society, as parents, we are happy.

That is a broadening of the leadership of society.

Broaden leadership of society in Business

IF

the individual human potential of workers in a business is constantly developed

along with increasing their ability to work on and improve the organization as a whole

THEN

as a society, we all benefit.

Each individual emerges more and more individually capable. And, because these individuals are able to work on the organization as a whole — the organization becomes more organizationally intelligent than one which does not develop human potential.

That is a broadening of the leadership of society.

Making the point by considering the opposite

IF An organization is NOT developing individual human potential THEN the organization is less able to accomplish the purpose for which the organization exists. In addition, as people leave that organization for another, they leave with unrealized human potential, something that hurts us all as a society. An organization that does not develop individual human potential is therefore anti-education. A good example is chain stores.

At coffee chains for example, you will find college students or even college graduates working behind the counter.

These chains do not teach their workers the secret sauce — knowledge of methods — in order to work on the business in addition to in the business

As a result, two bad things happen:

  1. These employees rarely matriculate into owning their own shop.

  2. Further, far from broadening leadership of society, the result is to centralize leadership of society, to centralize ownership, to centralize financial resources.

    And of course, it is obvious, broadening leadership of society by developing individual human potential is in conflict with the aim of chain corporations which are intent on centralizing leadership (and ownership) of society.

These chains are very vulnerable — to knowledge

Consider independent shops that both:

  1. Developed the individual human potential of their employees; and,

  2. Encouraged these now more capable individuals to improve the organization as a whole with their knowledge of methods of working together.

That independent shop would be much better managed, because it is much more organizationally intelligent, having as it does, the contributions of many people working on the business not just in the business

And consider the competition.

Given the choice to enjoy a cup of coffee at a high quality chain store - versus the opportunity to enjoy a cup of coffee at a higher quality independent cafe — which as part of its brand delivers on the promise of developing their people — which store would you patronize?