Our biggest challenge is building a sense of fairness and moderation. Given the immediacy of all issues, expediency takes the centre stage in all our actions and thoughts.
Providing the balance between humanitarianism and resource optimisation has to be the corner stone of all leadership endeavours.
Even though organisations have codified values and behaviours, we see a total lack of collective will to make members feel engaged, fulfilled and productive. Economic progress is possible without inclusiveness or vice a versa, but the ultimate dual purpose of organisation is profitability and people realising their individual and collective dreams. If an individual's ultimate goal is to become a better human being, organisations too need to become better to enable that. But this can happen only if boundaries are strong, understanding is collective and interdependence is enjoyed.
Are we not talking about governance, when we say boundaries?
In Responsibilities at Work and The Five Minds of Future, Howard Gardner talks of the 'Ethical mind' where he envisions work to be good in the sense of being excellent, responsible and engaging.
Winston Churchill said, 'price of greatness is responsibility'.
Taming the instincts and a sense of restraint for the larger good is what will transcend us from being strong individuals to strong community.
Gandhiji listed seven deadly sins: Commerce without ethics, Pleasure without conscience, Politics without principle, Knowledge without character, Science without humanity, Wealth without work, and Worship without sacrifice.