From where does your worldview originate?  Where and how do you tend to derive your approach to leadership and business?  Different people have different perspectives.

It might also depend on your culture.  East versus West can make a difference, as Andrew Liveris (CEO of Dow Chemical) relates.  A very experienced Chinese businessperson explained it to him this way (Alan Murray “Editor’s Desk: Words to Live By” Fortune, November 17, 2014, p. 10):

There are three pillars to society: the rule of law, the rule of logic, and the rule of relationships.  In the West these are prioritized as follows: first law, second logic, third relationships.  In the East it’s exactly the opposite: first relationships, then logic, then law.  All are indispensable.  But what’s most important to understand is that the starting points are different.

I think that one of the benefits that the West has adopted from the East involves leadership.  The best leadership is based in relationship.  It is much easier to follow a leader whom you know in some personal manner as opposed to a leader whom you know merely by title.

Logic is always important.  Law is always important.  However, logic and law—like leadership—will produce their best results when performed in service to relationship.

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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