Leadership and loneliness

With increasing leadership responsibility comes the threat of loneliness. Man is not only a social being, as might seem obvious when considering the topic of loneliness. He is a being dependent on relationships in four ways: Relationship to the Umwelt (the physical dimension), to the Mitwelt (the social dimension), to the Eigenwelt (the psychological dimension) and to the Uberwelt (the spiritual/​transcendet dimension). Loneliness poses an existential threat to this »four‐​tones of existence«: In the end, man remains alone in all decisive questions. He is in danger of losing himself, others, and the world. Read »

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza: How Miguel de Cervantes shows us essentials in being human and in virtues of leadership

What moves us to resort to the signet of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in our blog? What causes our fascination for this strange couple that has captivated people since the publication of »The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha« until today? And what does Quixote have to do with leadership? René Märtin and Georg Martensen provide the answers in an editorial article. Read »

The organisation’s total grip on the human being

The totalitarian grip of the market society on the whole human being leaves its mark. With simultaneous comprehensive blurring of boundaries, hyper‐​inclusion and self‐​optimisation, hold and orientation in space and time are disappearing. The search for and creation of meaning is being replaced by purpose, wellbeing and spiritualisation, especially of work. Reaching out to the whole person, to their spatial and temporal availability, brings them into an individual drama and existential distress. But in order to be able to see our lives as fulfilled, it is important to live a life that we ourselves have created. And not a life that subdues itself to the market society. Read »

From hoarding to triage: the difficult handling of guilt

The Coronoa crisis is an existential challenge to us. But how do we respond to the many questions that arise? René Märtin deals with the topic »From hoarding to triage: the difficult handling of guilt«. In particular, it deals with the issue raised by Viktor Frankl of the so‐​called tragic triad of suffering, guilt and death in times of current crisis. Read »

Existential Leadership Model

The leadership task is in tension between the given conditions and necessities and (voluntary) collaboration/​​cooperation. Some of the questions that every person who holds responsibility must deal with: What are the actual tasks of effective leadership? What needs to be considered in view of the special leadership situation, especially in value‐​​oriented organisations? What can and Read »

The central working focus of leadership

In view of the four areas of existential leadership and the associated cultural factors and leadership tasks, it becomes clear that leadership is always associated with a special responsibility. That is why every person who leads always focuses first on his or her own self‐​​image: »Only those who lead themselves can lead«. In everyday organisational life, Read »