T o create the change we want in the world we have to know what we want! Instead of new year’s resolutions and goals always being focused on what we want for ourselves, let’s think about what we would like to co-create for our community.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is currently happening in Davos, Switzerland. WEF is an independent international organisation committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. This year’s theme is creating a shared future in a fractured world.
This got me thinking – what is my vision for a shared future?
For me personally and for where we are collectively in the world, I see a new leadership is emerging. This leadership is less about external success and more about leading with a deep sense of character (distinguishing qualities) and wisdom (acting on your knowledge). We are calling out for leaders we can trust, that show humility and are focused on what’s good for all, not just for some.
This leadership is about bravery and courage. To step out, to create, to have a voice, to listen and to bring together.
This leadership doesn’t ask ‘what can I get?’, instead it asks ‘what can I give?’. How is my life and circumstances calling me to step up and serve in the world?
A thoughtful challenge to kick off 2018!
So here’s a thoughtful challenge for your long weekend – what’s your greatest wish for the world? Share it on social media with the hashtag #greatestwish. Let’s start our own conversation about our shared future and come together with others to make it a reality.
For inspiration, I asked six leaders across the country what their greatest wish is for 2018 and here are their answers.
Wendy Brooks, Managing Director, Wendy Brooks & Partners
My wish for 2018 is to see a more inclusive, accepting and generous Australia. Let’s stand for this and demand and celebrate political, corporate and community leadership for these values. Particularly let us work with our First Nations people to gain true and meaningful sovereignty and open our hearts, minds and funds to the thousands of people seeking asylum throughout the world.
Samantha Bowen, Founder, Acorn Network
My greatest wish is that we all embrace our ability to take that first step on our leadership journey. Our future is about embracing the concept of positive and disruptive leaders. It’s a journey with deep roots, grounded in the perception that leading well is to conduct your followers: To be the one visible and shouting it all from the roof tops. In reality we all lead in our own way. All of us combine to create powerful movements, achieved through sharing failure, success, and our vision of a better future. For 2018, I would challenge you to step up and shine through mentoring others, sharing what you’ve learnt through failure, or reaching out to a leader and sharing how they’ve inspired you. Imagine the difference we can all create when we see each other as influencers who help each other to be better leaders.
Lali Wiratunga, National Manager, Davidson Institute, Westpac Financial Education
My greatest wish for 2018 is that we as individuals, families, organisations can continue to adapt, prosper and grow – balancing our goals with the sustainability of our community and Mother Earth.
Duncan Ward, Founder and CEO, Classroom of Hope
My wish is for every child to have access to a quality education because education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world as Nelson Mandela puts it. World leaders making more conscious decisions and allocating resources for the benefit of people and planet so that we can work towards a more balanced and harmonious world.
Kieran Johnson, State Manager, Opportunity International
My greatest wish for 2018 is for individuals to engage deeper in generosity – giving of money, time, energy and compassion. Generosity breeds generosity and it is the antidote for greed, corruption and hate. Plus, those who are generous are both emotionally and physically healthier.
Michelle Sandford, Technology Evangelist and Developer Advocate
My wish for 2018 is that each of us looks up from where we stand and views the world around us with new eyes. That we look around for every opportunity to support others, enable those that can benefit from it, ally with those that need it. This is the moment to enable those with less than us – and each of us that gives another their hand will in turn benefit from what comes next.
What’s your greatest wish for the world in 2018?