The Art of Un-Leading

Leadership, when done right, appears as if no one is leading at all. I want to lead with non-intervention, non-assertion, and non-force so that events can unfold seamlessly — as nature intended it. I want to learn how to guide the path of my team without forcing it, how to cultivate team morale without anyone realizing that I am the motivator, and award the credit of progress to everyone without them feeling like I directed them towards it.

To lead is to love. To lead is to disentangle the fear that debilitates us. And to lead is to surrender to the flow of life. When the team succeeds, I cannot attribute this success to my doing as much as anyone else on the team can to themselves. Rather, it is the collective drive of everyone involved, the will of external forces outside our control, and the workings of intelligence beyond our understanding that pushes us forward.

Sometimes this progress may seem ill-fated; it may manifest in failure, conflict, and doubt. When this happens, it is important to cultivate the awareness to draw lessons and realize how we’ve deviated from life. Tao, Nature, Love, God, Light — call it whatever — but it is from this eternal wellspring of knowledge, the source of infinite giving, that I draw my inspiration and direction.

How often have we felt unsure of ourselves? How often do we live in fear because of unresolved conflicts? And how much does this fear debilitate us to lead with grace? To do inner work is to absolve ourselves from the chains that bind our ego. To expand and free our consciousness is to WAKE UP from that dreadful nightmare that we’ve once lived — shackled by societal norms, the desire to “fit-in”, and the disconnect from truth.

I say to you, wake up, you’ve been asleep all your life, and it is time now to get out of bed. Your family needs you, your community needs you, and humanity needs you. Lead the world in the best way that you know how — artfully in a way that accentuates your deepest expression of self. And when you fully mastered the art of living, the leader dissolves into non-action, and you — having become your truest authentic self — will dissolve into simply “being”. The leader, the do’er, and the ego dies, and nothing is left to take its place.

A Leadership Manifesto by Yours Truly

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

A Framework to Access Your Highest Self

Imagine what life could be like if you can become your most authentic self. You no longer have to sacrifice your happiness for work, sleep for a social life, or health for money. You can achieve a state of higher purpose whereby everything that you do in your day-to-day connects to your inner artist. The art of living will then be your greatest masterpiece and an inspiration to all.

Read More »

On Reading Well – How to Read a Book a Day and Retain it All

ccording to my friends, the number of books that I read is quite insane. I typically read 2-7 books a week. I’ve read ~50 books in 2017, ~100 books in 2019, and ~150 books in 2020. My reading speed accelerates each year as I get better in the art of reading. I anticipate that I will read well over 250 books by the end of 2021

Read More »

A CEO’s Meditation

Sometimes I wish I could stay in bed all day; binge watch the latest Netflix series, devour a tub of oreo-flavoured Häagen-Dazs, or just admire

Read More »

Taming the Wild Beast

As the common saying goes: “if you do not use it- you will lose it”. The same sense applies in all the ways that you’ve distanced your body from nature. If you do not expose yourself to perceivably life-threatening situations, then your body loses its ability to process stress productively. If you do not expose yourself to the cold, your body loses its ability to rapidly generate heat. And if you do not expose your body to hunger, then it loses the ability to process your fat storage into energy. Thus, chronic anxiety, poor immune health, and obesity plague first-world economies.

Read More »

My Farewell Message as CEO

At this point, I entered into business with something to prove. I needed to convince myself that I was worth something, that I could produce value for this world, and that I had what it took to run a successful business. I wanted to look my fears, doubts, and insecurities in the eyes and tell them to fuck off.

Read More »

Education 2.0 – Where it is all Headed

Lately I have been obsessed to find a way to educate 1 billion people given recent industry transformations. I think there’s incredible opportunities in the market today. The future of education is going to be the next big industry that is ripe for disruption…

Read More »

The Cure

At the end of the day, isn’t that what all boys want? A cure. Something to wipe their wombs, bandage their gashes, and nurse them back to health…

Read More »