[July 15, 2020] Good news; junior leaders are given a high quality, respectable identity, and significant freedom provided by society. There will be no other time in the life for such a leader to have this much opportunity. Today, we all have full access to the most celebrated thinkers civilization has ever assembled, perhaps even beyond human comprehension.
The chance to read great books, to learn, and to discover new ideas are unparalleled. To then ask , “Why should we learn?” would be an predictable question. Some will say we can read the great thinkers to get a job, to get ahead in the workplace, to get another college degree, or to get promoted. Such comments are over simplistic.
The reason junior leaders are given the freedom and identity is so they can use it to become more articulate, to speak properly, to advise ideas, and thus to make their communities a better place. There is nothing more powerful than such a person. And this is “power” of the best kind; authority, influence, and respectability.
Junior leaders are at a point they can begin to craft the highest skill of articulated speech, to be a master at formulating their arguments. If that leader can do so, they will win everything. Being a leader would then mean that not only does the leader win, but everyone around that leader also wins.
Dr. Jordan Peterson says this is a “transformation” approximating the highest ideal, and such a person becomes a “shining light on the whole world.” Leaders have the opportunity during this time to become more articulated, sensible, and grounded in history, knowledge, and wisdom. There is, in his opinion, nothing more exciting.
And this is what the workplace should be calling for as they grow junior leaders. Nothing is more meaningful in life than doing good. Nothing is more compelling, meaningful, or useful in combating the challenges of life. But the workplaces have forgotten that they serve a purpose outside their day-to-day work effort.
Many senior leaders are corrupted and failing to tell their more junior leaders that this is what the workplace is really about. Senior leaders must train those who are younger and full of potential the importance of learning to think, read, and to speak with clarity.
Surprisingly, those who run any workplace would not tell their junior leaders about this subject. Those same junior leaders are searching for this kind of advice and guidance. The opportunities are spectacular and in the greatest abundance. Too frequently, their time is wasted.
Everyone is on the side of every junior leader. We all want them to succeed spectacularly because that is how we all get lifted from where we are now.