Sharif Abdullah on Authentic Leadership

Interviewed by Tim LynchSeptember 25, 2013
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IT IS TIME for us to stop addressing the symptoms that impede healthy, dynamic, sustainable, equitable, loving connections.

It is time for us to get serious about the transformation of our systems and cultures.

If we do not do this, our impeding patterns will keep us all locked in place.

Increasingly, people, communities, organisations and even political systems are becoming aware of the need to build connection to each other and to the greater whole to address the issues and crises we are facing today.

Paradoxically, while many are becoming more aware, they are also stuck in systems and structures that are dysfunctional, toxic and stressful creating mistrust, alienation and frustration. These negative patterns develop and spread, making it very difficult to affect positive change.

Sharif Abdullah visited New Zealand on his last stop of a global journey to examine the ancient roots of sacred civilization in search of the keys for creating a world that works for all living beings.

In response to the fact that we are collectively killing the planet he says, The revolution is in CONSCIOUSNESS.  Once you change your consciousness from Breaker to Mender, your actions will change. Trying to change behaviour, without changing the underlying consciousness that causes the behaviour, has always failed to achieve lasting change.

Sharif Abdullah, J.D., is a consultant, speaker, author and advocate for societal transformation. His mission is to bring currently dysfunctional systems and structures into alignment with our common human and spiritual values, to create a world that works for all living things.

He describes the principles of inclusivity in his books The Power of One: Authentic Leadership in Turbulent Times, the award-winning Creating a World That Works for All, and the visionary Seven Seeds for a New Society.

Often at the invitation of government, business and religious leaders, Sharif has worked with people from over 100 different cultures in over 30 countries on 5 continents. He has received international recognition for his ground-breaking work including the Martin Luther King Lifetime Achievement Award (US), Sarvodaya Vishvamitra/ Universal Friend Award (Sri Lanka) and the Hero of Humanity Award (India).

The Commonway Venture, founded by Sharif and Leslie Hamilton, provides individual, group and organisational development to move beyond traditional pathways to unleash engagement, diversity and resilience.

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Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch, is a New Zealander, who is fortunate in that he has whakapapa, or a bloodline that connects him to the Aotearoan Maori. He has been involved as an activist for over 40 years - within the ecological, educational, holistic, metaphysical, spiritual & nuclear free movements. He sees the urgency of the full spectrum challenges that are coming to meet us, and is putting his whole life into being an advocate for todays and tomorrows children. 'To Mobilise Consciousness.'

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