The Case For Inner Peace





Dean Newlund shares a leadership lesson from abroad.

ON A RECENT TRIP TO BANGKOK, my thoughts centered on how to best serve my client. Traveling internationally had become routine. Little did I know that, on this trip, the teacher would become the student, and I would receive some valuable lessons on leadership.

Weary from a full day of flying, and bleary-eyed from a lack of sleep, I checked into my Bangkok hotel, hailed a cab and high-tailed it to the Grand Palace. This was my only  opportunity for siteseeing on this trip. I had seen other palaces, like Versailles, a testament of power and wealth. But the Grand Palace, with its temple, gold roofs, and statues of Buddha, served as a reminder that inner peace and outer peace are mirrors to one another. It made one want to sit, observe and take a deep breath.

The lesson: Leaders cannot bring peace and harmony to their team until they cultivate peace and harmony within themselves.

On my cab ride back to the hotel, I wondered how many companies would be better run, how many customers and communities would be better served if leaders mastered themselves before leading others.


“Can you accept the notion that once you change your internal state, you don’t need the external world to provide you with a reason to feel joy, gratitude, appreciation, or any other elevated emotion?”
― Joe Dispenza, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One


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