The preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America ranks among the most powerful political statements of all time, beginning with the simple, all inclusive phrase, “We the People of the United States.”
Our Pledge of Allegiance to the flag is another, concluding with the phrase, “with liberty and justice for all.”
The foundation concept that underlies these is front and center in our nation’s original Declaration of Independence, “WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights–that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
INPowering leaders are first, and foremost, inclusive. To INPowering leaders their focus is what can we do together, in the interest of all, to make things better for all.
I have seen this Spirit of Leading in action at every level–families, neighborhoods, communities, work groups, small businesses, and large corporations. When the spirit of INPowering leadership is working, leaders are answering these four questions from their followers:
- Where are we going?
- How are we getting there?
- Will I, and my loved ones, be OK?
- How will you help me get there?
When leaders are determined to make things better for all, the creative energy to find mutual solutions is unleashed.
- A common vision produces clear goals that all can get behind.
- Leaders are free to work on specific objectives and tactics that will move everyone toward a common destination.
- Buy-in will be higher, since people tend to support the goals they help to create. They can see themselves in the proposed future.
- Leaders are focused on constructive outcomes and collaborate to help everyone move forward together.
Leaders who build their power base on being divisive with, Us-against-Them rhetoric are actually dis-empowering and are working against the precepts of our founding documents and enduring principles. There will always be differences of opinion, but when those differences are cultivated into wedge issues designed to promote division, strife, and self-interest, they weaken the collective energy of We the People.