The LYLT Program for Emerging as an Authentic Leader

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The LYLT Program is a unique online mentoring course that offers a spirituality-based self-discovery route to leadership development. Authentic Leadership, which is the main theme, in The LYLT Program, is the need of the hour for businesses today. The LYLT Program combines ancient Tibetan spiritual breathing routines and contemporary management thought to yield a course for young executives and entrepreneurs to follow so as to reach heights of success in their careers. For more information, visit www.thelyltprogram.org or send email to mentor@thelyltprogram.org

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  • 1.is an acronym for and rhymes with the word lilt (The LYLT Program promises to be a lilting experience!)

2. can also stand for The T in & 3. Take your pick All three, if you like! 4. What is ? 5. A unique online mentoring course that offers a spirituality-based self-discovery route to leadership development 6. * First, embark on your spiritual journey by learning meditation & a set of spiritual breathing routines * Next, discover your true self through introspection and connecting with your spirit * And, evolve into an authentic leader by understanding the connection between your breath and your thought 7. Let it be known, at this stage, that Spirituality at the Workplace (aka Spirit at Work) & Authentic Leadership are considered to be emerging hot concepts of the day among management experts 8. concepts that are being tested out and successfully implemented in companies large and small, all over the world 9. and are becoming topics for serious research in leading b-schools. 10. But why have these concepts gained importance, in the first place? 11. Here are some obvious reasons: Executive burnout, mid-life crises, lack of job satisfaction, cut-throat competition, malfeasance (at both organizational and individual level), and that ever-present poser, Why this? 12. The need for Spirituality at the Workplace and Authentic Leadership is best captured by this little story 13. When Amory Houghton was to take over as CEO of Corning Glass (now Corning Inc.), he received this piece of advice, DECISIONS BASED ON CORE VALUES REGULATIONS STANDARDS LAWS LAWS Your decisions will always be based on two concentric circles. In the outer circle are all the laws, the regulations, and the standards. In the inner circle are your core values. Just make sure the decisions you make as CEO remain well within the boundaries of the inner circle. 14. How often, in recent times, have we come across CEOs straying outside the inner circle maybe just a wee bit outside, you know to start with. When this happens, the core values get stretched beyond the critical point that separates the contrived from the naturally altruistic. One little straying leads to another and very soon, a CEO is no longer merely tempted to take a shortcut; he has become adept at cutting corners as also some of the people working for him. 15. This is what is all about Staying vs Straying! 16. is scalar in structure and design The bottom rung (the starting point) is the innermost circle depicted in the figure to the right Meditation. You climb your way up the spiritual ladder, as it were, to a state of Mindfulness. From here, it is only one step way to emerging as an Authentic Leader. 17. can also be depicted thus 18. Spirituality at the Workplace At the outset, I am clearing a misconception Being spiritual and being religious are two entirely different and discrete things. A person could, however, be spiritual and religious though its not necessary that one stems from the other. I could be deeply spiritual but not necessarily religious, and vice versa. (Understanding this is important). 19. Spirituality at the Workplace A 1997 study (Chris Schaefer & Jeri Darling, Spirit at Work Newsletter) showed that roughly 80% of people who declared they were spiritual also said they were not committed to any religion. (This, in and of itself, should be a solid case for fostering spirituality at the workplace.) 20. Spirituality at the Workplace What is Spirit? The word spirit comes from two Latin words, spirare (to breathe verb) and spiritus (the breath noun). Spirit is something that is closely related to PraNa (, in Sanskrit), the universal life force energy. Our spirit uniquely determines our individuality who we are. 21. Spirituality at the Workplace The spirit - is ensconced within the physical body at birth - gets released at the time of death - is subject to repeated and successive birth and death (In Oriental literature, this is called the wheel of life) 22. Spirituality at the Workplace The primary purpose of life is to enable the spirit to break away from the cycle of birth/death/rebirth so that it can become one with the Universal Spirit. This calls for the life-form to become sublime or spiritual To become one to blend, to merge with the Universal Spirit 23. Spirituality at the Workplace Everyone of us can become sublime or spiritual, if and when we start to feel the nudge (of the inner calling). Most of us fail to pay heed to the inner calling. 24. Spirituality at the Workplace Before we proceed further, let me declare firmly that is not for all and sundry. 25. Spirituality at the Workplace Only those who can feel, within themselves, an inner calling can benefit and evolve to become more sublime. 26. Spirituality at the Workplace It is believed that some of us have to undergo a cataclysmic personal experience to be able to tune in to the inner calling. 27. Spirituality at the Workplace Now, lets get back to understanding spirituality, from a workplace perspective. 28. Spirituality at the Workplace Physical Mental Emotional Spiritual How we take care of our body; building immunity against disease & illness Our feelings & what we do about them. How we deal with conflict Deep inner connect & being in tune with the Universe. Be of service to others How we think, decide & act. Problem solving; logic & rationale 29. Spirituality at the Workplace Physical Mental Emotional Spiritual How we take care of our body; building immunity against disease and illness Our feelings & what we do about them. How we deal with conflict Deep inner connect & being in tune with the Universe. Be of service to others How we think, decide & act. Problem solving; logic & rationale 30. Spirituality at the Workplace For those that allow their Spiritual Energy to govern the other three levels (Emotional, Mental, and Physical), several Good Business Practices begin to manifest routinely check out the list on the following page. 31. Spirituality at the Workplace Come to expect the best from co-workers and get it too Work co-operatively, willing to be of service to others Communicate openly, without a hidden agenda Empower those around them and yet be there, if needed Display integrity and trust through word and deed Problem-solving through Lateral Thinking Attributes of those that allow their Spiritual Energy to govern the other three levels - Emotional, Mental, and Physical Think creatively and innovatively Listen actively Visualize the big picture Act fearlessly and open-mindedly Face adversity in a stoic manner And, above all, passionate about their purpose and mission. 32. Now, lets move on to the subject of Authentic Leadership 33. The LYLT Programs focus is only on Authentic Leadership 34. Why? 35. The world over, in economies capitalist or socialist, leadership appears to be preoccupied with (as Dr. Fiona Beddoes-Jones puts it) greed, competitiveness, testosterone, ego and power, combined with lack of empathy and compassion. Dr. Fiona Beddoes-Jones has a very rare PhD in Authentic Leadership! 36. Corporate character is being called into question, not only with financial issues (such as stock management and corporations ignoring generally accepted accounting procedures), but also with regard to human resource issues and business ethics, environmental policies, human rights, corporate contributions, community development and workplace success. Consider this statement by Dr Marschke et al in the paper: Business Executives & Professionals Identify Relationship Between Spirituality at Work and Job Satisfaction (2008, H Wayne Huizenga B-School, FL): 37. A 2009 research (by Management Today & Institute of Leadership & Management) threw up an interesting finding: About a third of 5700 employees at various levels had no trust or low trust in their managements. Wonder how many respondents, in this study, said, No comment! But, in their heart of hearts, ?? 38. Isnt it time we asked ourselves this question? At work, do I feel I am important? Or, Am I made to feel I am impotent? 39. Thanks to flatter organizations, more employees, across the board, begin to feel they want to be part of something meaningful and worthwhile. They end up realizing that any stated vision, aim or mission of the organization is hot air. Its almost as if they count for very little! 40. This results in high levels of occupational stress. W.H.O. terms workplace stress a worldwide epidemic. 41. Goes without saying, stress at work must be nipped in the bud. Failing this, the rot spreads rapidly, weakening the very foundations of the organization, in its wake. 42. Enter, the Authentic Leader For this very purpose. 43. What sets an Authentic Leader apart? And what is Authentic Leadership? 44. Authentic Leadership involves inspiring (not motivating, but inspiring) the people in an organization through faith (not belief, but faith) based on a vision of service to all stakeholders. Three words stand out 45. inspiring as against motivating, faith as against belief, and service that is outrageously no holds barred Those that lead based on these tenets are Authentic Leaders 46. Attributes of an Authentic LeaderDr. Laura Reave of the Univ. of Western Ontario states: Values that have long been considered spiritual ideals, such as integrity, honesty, and humility, have been demonstrated to have an effect on leadership success. She lists the following attributes: - showing respect for others - demonstrating fair treatment, - expressing caring and concern - listening responsively - recognizing the contributions of others - and engaging in reflective practice. 47. Integrity Unarguably, the one attribute that is in most demand and perhaps, found most wanting in todays dog-eat-dog world. 48. Integrity Is Integrity Important? Is Integrity Required? Is Integrity Mandatory? 49. Integrity Lets take a close