Problems we face
Below is a non exhaustive list of organizational and societal problems that we, as humans, have been faced with for centuries:
- working in silos
- project delays
- corporations going bankrupt
- corporations doing what is not good for humans and or Nature
- racial issues
- equity gap
- gender gap
- generational gap
And due to our ability as humans to adapt we are in a state whereby we always feel these are new problems. But in reality they have been present for centuries despite the differing external environment.
Historical evolution in a flash
Let us start with a historical evolution overview that sheds the light onto the major transformations/revolutions we, as humans, went through. In addition we will assess the transformation positive and negative impact on us as humans:
|farmers||– Diseases (due to concentration in one location) Back pains (due to long hours of hard labor)||– Settle in one location and
– Easier access to food
|– Joints and lung problems (due to working for long hours under difficult conditions with no sunlight…)||– Produce in larger quantities to meet the ever-increasing population||200|
|Information technology||centralization||decentralization||– Personal data exposed and cyber security becoming rampant||– Degrees of separations shrunk to 2.4 despite population increase||50|
|– Behavior manipulation||– We are more equipped to find answers to problems||25|
The common denominator between all those revolutions was that human to human interactions have been decreasing at an exponential rate. We, humans, are relying more and more on technology as a third party tool to communicate and interact (e.g. emails, instant messaging…). The same applies to human’s worth where it reached a level where in corporations we are considered as cogs in a wheel that can be replaced swiftly without any consideration to the overall context.
While we have been transitioning from one revolution to the other, a lot of research was taking place in order to work out the optimal leadership styles to achieve the best outcomes on both organizational and societal levels. Below are nine of the commonly used ones:
All above leadership styles have been developed to achieve certain materialistic metrics, with a focus on shareholders’ equity, at the expense of everything else. None of the above places the human at the center, and for us at human-centric leading we posit that the reason for the continued persistence of the organizational and societal problems is due to the fact that, as mentioned earlier, we consider humans as costs and or cogs in a wheel, hence we bury our inherent values. In addition, a lot of new emerging research has been showing that people are getting more sick, productivity is not improving, happiness is decreasing…
In conclusion, we believe in making the human front and center in every decision-making activity so that we ensure organizations and societies are built to satisfy both humans and Nature and we can once and for all eliminate those persistent problems.