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A New Paradigm for Leaders: The Macro-to-Micro Approach

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So, how can any leader initiate his or her individual implementation of the macro-to-micro paradigm? 5 Guiding points may help:

  1. Need Assessment: What need is there is my surroundings, city, country, or in the world that I can fulfill given my strengths, talents, education, specialization, available resources, and interests?
  1. Need Analysis: Is this need a constructive or a destructive need? (Cigarette companies, street drug traders, and the big cocaine bosses that supply them also fulfill a need, but it's not a constructive one. Awakened, conscious leaders only consider the fulfillment of constructive needs)
  1. Need Fulfillment Options: How can I fulfill this constructive need in a way where I do as little harm as possible to the environment?
  1. Restoration Evaluation: If I do unavoidable harm to the environment through my activities, how can I help to restore that? Example: if you run a company that processes trees to wood for building purposes, you could ensure reforestation whether required by governments or not.
  1. Other Ways of Contributing to Quality of Life: How can I, aside from this need fulfilling activity, also contribute in other ways toward the alleviation of needs and the lessening of suffering in this world of which I am an interconnected part?

Figure 1 illustrates this the macro-to-micro paradigm:

If every leader in every setting of every country devotes at least some of his or her funds, time, efforts, or talents toward a noble purpose, regardless of how microcosmic this level may be, the ultimate outcome will be an enhancement for the entire quality of life in the world.


For those who are already practicing the macro-to-micro approach it has become clear that this paradigm is not just a new fad on the horizon, but the only mindset that can save our planet, and therefore us, from self-destruction. The fascinating part of the macro-to-micro paradigm is, however, that although it represents the only way to guarantee longevity for our world, it can be executed in an almost infinite magnitude of methods, driven by the leaders' interests, talents, education, location, and other prerequisites. So, at the individual level, the macro-to-micro approach allows every leader to act in line with his or her mission in life, and work toward those things he or she wants to be remembered for. Executing the macro-to-micro paradigm provides the advantage to every leader in his or her own circle to contribute toward the elevation of the quality of life in their organization, neighborhood, city, country, and ultimately, the world. It also enhances feelings of gratification amongst those who get the opportunity to partake in noble activities, particularly if these noble goals are communicated appropriately. And it enhances the rewards for immediate, mid-range and far-away stakeholders through the results generated from such initiatives.


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Joan Marques is the author of "Joy at Work, Work at Joy: Living and Working Mindfully Every Day" (Personhood Press, 2010), and co-editor of "The Workplace and Spirituality: New Perspectives in Research and Practice" (Skylight Paths, 2009), an (more...)
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