Every kind of ‘ism’ like socialism, capitalism was designed to make the world better. What is different about Benevolent Capitalism? It is designed to create a greater future for the good of all.
Does it work? Yes… if you will give up control and allow people to choose the contribution they can and will be. So what does that look like if you are leading a business?
1. Empower your team.
Allow the people on the frontline to choose and to contribute the information which can allow you to make better choices. As the boss you need to have information filtered down to you so you can create the future of your organisation in more dynamic ways.
2. Allow people to create their jobs.
How do you get someone to be the best they can be, and in doing so, support you in being the best you can be? What if people could work WITH you, rather than FOR you? If someone is working for you, they are not empowered.
When you are interviewing potential team members give them choice. Make a list of everything you need done and then ask: “These are the ten things I need done, which of these are you good at and which of them would you like to do?” Asking this kind of question invites people to be the most productive they can be.
3. Ask questions that create more for everyone.
Most leaders are trying to know the answers rather than ask the questions that can create more for everyone. A benevolent leader asks the questions that no-one is willing to ask. Ask your team questions that invite them to a greater future: “How do we create a sustainable planet that can generate a future that contributes to the good of all?” or “What question can I ask you that will expand what’s possible here?” Most leaders ask questions around solving problems. What if the only problems you have are the ones you create? What is beyond creating problems?
4. Be willing to lose anything.
When you are willing to lose anything, you are not holding on to having ‘the right answer’ and so you have more choice. You have to be willing to create non-stop, rather than holding onto what you’ve got for fear you will lose it in the future.
If you’re not willing to lose, then you’ve already decided you are going to lose; being willing to lose means you’re willing to step up to a new possibility. What else would you create if you were willing to lose everything you have and everything you know?
5. Be on the creative edge of possibilities.
When you are on the creative edge, your possibilities expand. When you are on the cutting edge of technology you are always trying to keep up with the next big thing. The creative edge opens up possibilities that cannot otherwise exist.
Using these principles, Access Consciousness has expanded into 173 countries worldwide. When you choose to be a benevolent leader your business becomes successful in ways that may not have even existed in the world before. What do you truly desire to create in the world?