The first ritual from the Monk who sold his Ferrari is called the Ritual of Compelling Future Focus or, in the words of the Monk, how to link Paycheck to Purpose.
The wisdom of this ritual leans on the fact that purpose is the most powerful motivator in the world. The primary task of the leader is to get his/her people excited about a compelling cause that contributes to the lives of others. Great leadership precedes great followership (we show our employees that we have their best interest in mind). Visionary leaders focus on liberating human talent and manifesting the potential of people (multipliers) and lead with integrity, character and courage.
What are the actions that help us fulfil this ritual?
- Ritualize wisdom so that our positive intentions translate into tangible results (Stephen Covey would say that we need to exercise integrity in the moment of choice);
- Communicate our compelling cause so it engages hearts; and
- Align our “video” with our “audio” (observe and listen and go back to vision and communication if necessary)
The ultimate task of the visionary leader is to dignify and honour the lives of the people he/she leads by allowing them to manifest their highest potential through the work they do.
The following video from Robin Sharma provides some thoughts about this topic: https://youtu.be/fvuiWkhyi_s
Robin Sharma is a leadership consultant and prolific author who has written many books on the topic of leadership and personal renewal. His most famous book is “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” and was published in 1997. This book became a best-seller with more than three million copies sold (as of 2013). It has been translated into more than 70 languages and published in over 50 nations. The book develops around two characters, Julian Mantle and John, in the form of conversation. Julian narrates his spiritual experiences during a Himalayan journey which he undertook after selling his holiday home and red Ferrari. A successful trial lawyer, Julian collapsed from a heart attack while arguing a case in court, and his lengthy recovery led him to seek a spiritual path in the Himalayan mountains after receiving wise and practical lessons which brought drastic changes in his life.
I just finished reading one of the book’s sequels: Leadership Wisdom from the Monk who sold his Ferrari. I found it interesting and I will start summarize what Robin calls the 8 Rituals of Leadership so that you can have an idea of the thoughts expressed in this other book.
This book, which is similar in style to the first one, also tells the story of Robert, a successful CEO of a rampant software company called GlobalView, who has a very “Diminisher” attitude. Because of his leadership style, the company is experiencing a crisis of unprecedented proportions. At the height of this crisis, Robert is contacted by this strange individual dressed like Buddhist monk who is nobody else but his old friend Julian Mantle, the lawyer who had a Ferrari and then all of a sudden disappeared after his heart attack.