What is a good leader? A good leader creates “symbergy”: symbiosis and synergy. How? Promotes mutual trust and respect. A good leader is a person who commands and grants respect and trust. If you’re not trusted, if you’re not respected, you’re not a good leader. Do people trust you? Do people respect you? Do you build trust and respect? That is what leadership is in the modern world. Bring the heart, bring the consciousness of love. That’s a good leader.
The youth are the future of mankind. What young people are doing tells you what the future is going to be. Like, you can tell the future political system or economic system by watching students: what are they demonstrating about? These are the future leaders. Everything starts at the university. So, tell me what you do with kids and I will tell you what the future is going to look like.
I’ve been lecturing all over the world in universities. We are training people wrongly. We’re teaching them to know. Whatever you teach them, within a few years it is going to be obsolete anyway. The trick is not to teach people to know, but to teach them how to learn. Lifelong learning. I would like to change all certificates that people give at universities. Don’t say “Graduated,” because graduated means they’re finished, God forbid. Instead say, “Permitted to continue learning.” To go to the next stage of learning. Continuous learning, continuous learning, continuous learning. That’s number one.
Number two, teach them to learn together, to respect each other, with no bullying at school. American education is a disaster in my mind, because the kids go from one class to another, depending on subject. The classes don’t develop social integration. In Europe, students go with the same class throughout their whole education, so they develop classroom integration. In America, everything is disintegrated. You have one class with one set of kids, and another class with other kids, and yet another class with a different set of kids.
Assignments can be given to teams. Then we teach people how to work together. That’s why sports are so important. Lifelong learning, working together, with mutual trust and respect, is what is needed in the next generations. And meditation is a very important component of it.
Just thinking and feeling,
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes