Heart Wisdom – Ep. 52 – Inspired Leadership
On this episode, Jack speaks about the different aspects of inspired leadership and how to cultivate them in our lives.
Jack explores the natural perfections of the heart and how to listen to the leader inside you. We also hear three stories of inspired leadership expressed through dedication, love, and equanimity.
Inspired Leadership (Opening) – What is bodhisattva leadership? This wise leadership is the result of living a life committed to justice, compassion, and a universal goodwill.
Inner Leadership (7:45) – When we come to meditate we become the witness to our own life, our own inner leader. In doing so, we shift from identification with our fear and confusion to a place of the heart.
Jack shares wisdom on the paramitas, the six perfections of the heart. These natural perfections of the heart include generosity, morality, patience, energy, meditation, and wisdom. All of which grow and flourish naturally as we sit and become quiet enough to listen inside.
Leadership Through Love (33:15) – Ram Dass is another living example of outer leadership. Jack tells stories of Ram Dass’s leadership to the next generations. When Ram Dass was sent back to America from India by his guru, Maharajji, he did not have the faith in himself to lead and teach others. Maharajji looked at Ram Dass and after a few moments said, “I see no imperfections.” In the years since Ram Dass has fulfilled that obligation to lead. He has filled many roles and lived many lives. But through it all, he has been an example of love, compassion, and leadership.
Courage and Equanimity (49:40) – Jack tells the story of Nainoa Thompson, famous Hawaiian navigator. Nainoa practiced a nearly dead tradition of sailing and navigating that relies on the senses and awareness of the natural world. He persevered through personal tragedy to lead a legendary expedition. His leadership inspired his people, who had lost so much of their culture and identity.