Current leadership is out of date

We have been going from crisis to crisis for some time now. Especially in times of crisis, we need leaders to guide us well through this crisis. I regularly wonder if our leaders have enough skills to manage this crisis. But I’m more worried about something else. Can the leaders who, in a sense, also caused this crisis to be the leaders who solve this crisis? In any case, it won’t be easy. Wasn’t it Einstein who said, “you can’t solve problems with the same mindset as the mindset that caused the problems. “? Wouldn’t we need leaders with a different mindset?


What is meant by a mindset? I experience daily that there are many misunderstandings about the concept of mindset.

  • A mindset is not a habit;
  • A mindset is not about effort;
  • A mindset is not a trick that you quickly master;
  • A mindset is not the same as your thought pattern or emotions;

What is a mindset, though? Your mind is about a mental activity such as sensory perception, verbal and abstract thinking, emotions, feelings, attention, concentration, intelligence, and much more. This cooperation manifests itself in a mindset that is a subjective perception of the internal and external world. You can compare it to the glasses with which you perceive.


The following beliefs typify the current leadership mindset:

  • money is more important than happiness or values-driven;
  • hard work is more important than self-reflection;
  • power works better than strength;
  • routines are more important than creativity;
  • showing vulnerability is weakness;
  • if you have a different opinion, your head will be chopped off;
  • empowerment is soft;
  • solving problems is more effective than realizing a different future;
  • thinking you know best;
  • not taking your well-being seriously;
  • the end justifies all means.

The mindset of today’s leadership perceives in terms of power, winning, money, masculinity, reactivity, hard work, me first, egos, enrichment. This type of leadership is characterized by reactivity, by unconscious action. Unconscious action is mainly guided by survival, habits & routines, and emotions.

Many of our current leaders manage from this ‘follower’ mindset. They follow this mindset blindly.


Today’s leadership relies on the ‘follower’ mindset. Unfortunately, the issues we face today can no longer be solved with the ‘follower’ mindset. Name a crisis, and you’ll see that this doesn’t work. And Einstein said so.


In addition to the “follower” mindset, you also have a mindset that looks at the world consciously. The conscious mindset perceives from the whole, strength, and wisdom rather than power and emotion. Other characteristics that go with the conscious mindset are:

  • values are more important than ego;
  • the well-being of everyone is paramount;
  • the whole is always the starting point;
  • vulnerability is strength;
  • making money is not an end in itself;
  • together, you achieve more than alone.

This conscious mindset is hard to capture, describe because it is based on values. Values that are important at any given moment. So it’s not about a fixed issue like money. Each situation requires a conscious view and a conscious action based on a value that is then needed. What value is needed fluctuates. Every moment of every day, other things can be around the corner that are important and need to act on consciously from a leadership perspective.

Thus, different leadership is not about behavioral change but internalizing a different mindset. This different mindset shows different leadership. This other leadership is conscious leadership.


Can today’s leaders make this different mindset their own? I’m not that negative. I have experienced daily that different behavior quickly becomes apparent when a leader switches their awareness on. It will certainly not apply to all leaders. But if we start from the 10-80-10 principle, we will already come a long way. My wish for the coming period is that the 10% who already want to change will do so now. There is no time to lose.

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