Each day we find ourselves in many different relationships and in those relationships there is a certain environment; defined by Websters as…
: the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded
: the aggregate of social and cultural conditions that influence the life of an individual or community
Do we let the environment totally shape our perception or do we bring a certain set of principle that might shape the environment? Who or what shapes our perception, thinking, and ultimately our behavior?
Robert Quinn suggest that transformational leaders have the unique opportunity to “envision and enact a new form of community, one in which ordinary people can generate extraordinary results.”
What would it be like to be a co-creator of a new type of community – where people work with a common purpose for the benefit of all?
It would take people of influence (the common definition of leadership) who by their sheer principled behavior shape productive communities. “When people become members of a productive community they tend to become more inner directed and other focused. They tend to be motivated by a calling that they feel deep within. They make contributions that exceed narrow self-interest…they want to be connected to reality.”
What do I bring to my environment?
How am I contributing to a productive community?