The EarthAsylum Leadership Circle Leadership Towards a Better Future EarthAsylum was conceived with the basic belief that this is not how it’s supposed to be… …but with the knowledge that the world is blessed with life-affirming, ethical, and pioneering leaders discovering a new way of life. A way of life that will bring about the social, political, and personal changes needed for our businesses, our communities and our souls to flourish. We believe these leaders will bring about what it is supposed to be. We need, support, and encourage life-affirming leaders. Our mission is to learn by teaching and teach by learning. We strive to understand and develop leadership skills and talent in a way that transcends trends and looks beyond short-term goals. We see our mutual role as supporting individuals and organizations in achieving effective leadership through life affirming and supporting practices. We strive to encourage leaders of any age and status as they embark on new challenges, and we hope to empower those that have not yet stretched their leadership abilities or realized their leadership talents. We believe that in the depths of human nature is the desire to serve. When people are supported, given confidence, given freedom, inspired and empowered, they inherently want to help and will find the right path and take the right actions. Our goal is to provide and maintain a leadership circle where we can feel confident, be free, inspire and be inspired, and reach a level of empowerment that allows us to embark successfully on our common and individual leadership journeys. The EarthAsylum Leadership Circle …to provide a networking and support group for business and community leaders (and we define leader as anyone willing to create change). To open dialogue, in a safe, supportive environment, about the role of leadership, the responsibilities, the challenges, and the opportunities. “Servant-leaders already know what to do, but are prevented from doing it by the increasing pressures of running all types of organizations as businesses, with a focus on the narrow values of speed, numeric efficiencies, and technology. Leaders with great knowledge and experience cannot act from their competence; they cannot lead in ways that support creativity, commitment, or effectiveness. “From the Four Directions Servant-Leadership is a practical philosophy which supports people who choose to serve first, and then lead as a way of expanding service to individuals and institutions. “It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead… The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant – first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served.” Robert Greenleaf Life-Affirming Leaders… Know they cannot lead alone. No one person is smart enough to know what to do.Have more faith in people than they do in themselves, and patiently and courageously insist on their participation.Recognize human diversity as a gift, and the human spirit as a blessing.Know that people only support what they create. And only will act responsibly for things they care about.Solve unsolvable problems by bringing new voices into the room.Continually expand who’s included in decision-making.Convene and host conversations that really matter.Know that trust and caring make everything possible.Offer meaningful work as the greatest motivator.Freely express gratitude, appreciation, and love.. Our Purpose We are here to build a supporting network of leaders. To inspire and be inspired; to empower and be empowered. To mutually grow as leaders in our lives, our communities, our businesses; in whatever capacity one may find themselves. To turn the direction from self-preservation to mutual advancement and enlightenment. We view leadership as service. It is not authority or rank or privilege. It is not position or entitlement. It is service. A leader is anyone who wants to help; anyone who can see a better future and is willing to create change and work towards that future. Our Vision We see emerging leaders with the knowledge and desire to bring about change. Leaders whose ideas may be so new that they suffer from the doubts of those around them and even themselves. EarthAsylum exists to support those willing to lead us to a new way of life, work, and community. A way where people are free to experience themselves and their world more fully, more spiritually and more humanely. A way of purpose, meaning, fulfillment, and love. Our Values Altruism. We support and encourage those willing to serve; those who gain satisfaction through the pursuit of the greater good; those that believe that leading for the benefit of others is right and good. And we support those who do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. Self-Expression. We admire the creative and pioneering spirit available in all of us. We wish to create an environment that fosters the growth of this spirit and that creates opportunity for this spirit to flourish unfettered. Love and Kindness. We believe that people thrive on their relationships with others and that we need to build those relationships out of kindness, understanding, and love. Integrity and Responsibility. We cannot act for the good, we cannot lead, if we are not willing to take responsibility for ourselves and our actions. We will not succeed in leading others if our integrity falters; if we cannot be true to ourselves and to those around us. Learning and Reflection; Growth and Rebirth. We recognize the necessity of continual learning; of taking time to reflect on our own experiences; in learning from success and from failure. We see personal growth and rebirth as a natural part of life. And we see this as important elements to true leadership.