MIAMI FLORIDA / ACCESS CABLE / August 1, 2022 / The notion that leadership is based on trust, creativity, or any combination of what we normally think of as dynamic virtues overlooks a key aspect of long-term success. So he says, Jozef (Jos) OpdeweeghInternational CEO and author of Fair value; reflections on good business.
Drawing on a career that has spanned the US, UK and European Union, Opdeweegh says the strength of great leaders lies not in their certainty but in having the humility to recognize that they don’t have all the answers. Even when establishing a manifesto, be it personal, political or strategic, he argues, it is vital to leave room for others to enhance the debate.
In a recent interview for Authority Magazine, Opdeweeghhe reaffirmed this position, explaining that his book Fair Value is not written as a formula for success. Rather, it is an invitation to follow a path of discovery based on the values and virtues that we believe to be good. In other words, fair value is a springboard for readers to consider how they can empower the human potential that is integral to their organizations, peer groups, and communities.
Joseph Opdeweeghhe is known for his philosophical and thoughtful approach. “I am inspired by leaders past and present who recognize that our collective potential will always exceed what any one individual can contribute. And what I find these role models have in common is a certain lack of pride. This is not modesty, it is a conscious modesty that keeps them curious and attentive to the opinions of others,” says Opdeweegh.
writing on his website, Opdeweeghrecently explored why Values should always be open to fresh ideas. In a typically powerful piece, he draws on contemporary events to illustrate the need for a diversity of opinion, stating that “a sure sign that values are not representative or effective in their purpose is when they align too closely with a particular point of view.” “.
At the root of this approach, says Opdeweegh, is a deep commitment to humility: “From Socrates to Gandhi, the greatest thinkers and leaders in history are united in knowing the limits of their wisdom. But here’s the thing…instead of seeing this as a weakness, they leverage their conviction as a strength.”
And humility, says Opdeweegh, has never been more relevant to governments, organizations and businesses today. “From the legacy of Covid-19 to the cost of living crisis and the war in Ukraine, the Democratic West faces greater uncertainty and challenges than it has for generations. To get ahead, we will need a firm belief in our values, but also a willingness to listen, learn from mistakes and, when necessary, reset our course for the better,” said Opdeweegh.
There is a quote that Opdeweegh says inspires him every day. “Self-confidence is very important… but without compassion and humility, it’s just arrogance,” said the first author. “I especially love that the source of those words is unknown. It comes from our collective wisdom rather than from any one person.”
And that, says Opdeweegh, is a maxim for leadership everywhere and for all time.
Read more of by Jozef Opdeweegh reflections on leadership and life on his website and in his acclaimed book Fair value; reflections on good business.
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