Distinguished Leaders Engage in Strategic Self-Sacrifice

Strategic self-sacrifice always comes with much risk and high costs. Self-sacrifice is for The Few, not The Many. Often it is solely for The One (you). It is not a path for everyone’s spiritual journey. Yet when the time is right and the cause is just, highly distinguished leaders are willing and able to strategically self-sacrifice for the social good. No one is talking about carelessly or unnecessarily throwing away your reputation, status, career, or mental health on behalf of another or a cause. Strategically resisting professional pressures by risking status, respect, influence, and reputation can allow distinguished leaders to take a stand, stand firm, and ethically lead even though there are personal and professional costs associated with engaging in this Transformative Action. Strategic self-sacrifice is always conscious, deliberate, voluntary, and selfless. It is always on behalf of a just cause. The dangers and risks of such actions are profound. Employer retaliations often result in professional dismissal, blacklisting, severe financial setbacks, significant impact to family and friends, and personal and emotional trauma. Employers often attempt to extract a heavy price from those willing and able to challenge the status quo and who choose to persist with such efforts. Therefore, strategic self-sacrifice can never be required. Distinguished leaders willing to strategically self-sacrifice have faith in the justness of their cause and their determination to persist no matter the obstacles, the personal or professional risks and costs, or time and energy required. They believe the cost of inaction is always higher than the cost of their actions.
Examples of Strategic Self-Sacrifice that Distinguished Leaders are able & willing to engage in include, but are not limited to:

• Engage in Transformative Action
• Effectively Lead Prosocial Causes
• Be an Ethical Whistleblower if needed
• Support Plaintiffs Seeking Just Redress in Lawsuits
• Publically Work toward Equal, Civil, and Human Rights
• Be a Dissenter Who Refuses to Conform to Illegal, Unethical, & Immoral Politics, Values, and Directives
• Be a Reformer Who Self-Sacrifices and Devotes Their Life to Just Causes
• Lead Transformative Movements that Revolutionize the Culture of Organizations Currently Led by Destructive Leaders, People, Policies, and Practices

Predictors of Capacity to Take Action:
• Competent & Confident to Act
• Effective Strategic Planner
• Ethical Decision-Maker
• Mature Personality
• Value & Exemplify Wisdom
• Morally Courageous
• Passionate Against Injustice
• Persistent & Resilient
• Empathy Level of 6 or higher
• Kind, Caring, & Compassionate
• Epitomize Hope & Optimism
• Following Life’s Mission
• Willing to Act on Behalf of Others
• Willing to Act on Transcendent Values
• Willing to Strategically Defy the Status Quo as Necessary
Distinguished leaders are willing and able to engage in Transformative Action when they take a stand, stand firm, and ethically lead. Opposing the status quo, redirecting destructive thoughts and actions, and insisting upon legal, ethical, and moral policies, people, and practices all qualify as engaging in Transformative Action. Distinguished leaders focus on doing what is right, setting the standard for positive behaviors, and leaving a legacy that transforms their Spirit and the Spirits of others.

DL have opposed, eliminated, redirected, and/or transformed:

• Leaders Focused on Self-Interest
• Dictators and Bullies
• Workplace Bullying and Professional Mobbing
• Gender Inequalities
• Minority Injustices
• Professional Malfeasance
• Financial and Data Manipulations
• Creative Accounting
• Excesses and Waste
• Privacy Violations
• Unkind, Unfair, and Unjust
• Policies, People, and Practices
• Imprudent and/or Unethical
• Directives, People, Policies, and Practices
• Strategically Self-Sacrificed for a Just Cause that Supported the Social Good

Distinguished Leaders Lead Transformative Movements

Transformative Movements are strategically engaged in by a collective of people on a larger scale. They transform the Spirit of the leader while transforming the Spirits of others. These movements always balance The Right and The Good while promoting the collective well-being. They are life-changing. Every movement is not about finding World Peace, yet each movement contributes to the transformation of the Self and the Spirit as we engage in moving toward World Peace, as well as Inner Peace.

Examples of Transformative Movements Distinguished Leaders engage in and/or lead include, but are not limited to:

• Initiatives that Improve Morale
• Initiatives that Improve Culture
• Shifted the Collective Mentality Toward Helping Others/Customer Service
• Prioritized People First/Profits Second
• Established Mentoring Programs
• Promoted Initiative/Ethics/Teamwork
• Initiated, Supported, & Maintained Community Outreach Programs
• Funded Scholarship Programs
• Funded Professional Development
• Modeled Transformative Action

Distinguished Leaders Lead Prosocial Causes

Prosocial Causes are engaged in to strategically and effectively act on behalf of others based on principle and/or social obligation while disregarding self-interest and pressures to not act, including, but not limited to, the risk of disapproval, judgment, retaliation, and ostracism from others and/or society. Prosocial causes are acting beyond expected or required behaviors using effective political skills and strategic efforts to create a transformation away from the status quo and toward more progressive thoughts, actions, and deeds.

Examples of Prosocial Causes that Distinguished Leaders engage in and/or lead include, but are not limited to:

• Hiring Women/Allies into Leadership
• Paying Comparable Salaries
• Mentoring & Promoting Women/Allies
• Encouraging Women to Go Into Male-Dominated Careers/Professions
• Assigning Women Into Leadership Positions for Committees/Projects
• Prioritizing Customer Service
• Opposing Under-Staffing/Resourcing
• Leading with Kindness
• Advocating for Women’s Equality
• Engaging in Transformative Action
• Leading Transformative Movements

Examples of Courageous Principled-Action

Examples of Courageous Principled-Action include, but are not limited to, Prosocial Causes, Transformative Movements, and Strategic Self-Sacrifice.

It is overcoming your fears, doubts, and sense of having done something wrong as you push forward against those who are misleading, redirecting, or choosing an unkind or unfair path for others to follow. It is standing up against the peer pressure, the loss of support, and the ostracism from colleagues or superiors as you defy immoral or imprudent orders. Taking courageous principled-action is based on conscience, principle, or philosophy where you’re standing up against the status quo even though you know that you’re going to have to face the disapproval of others who oppose you taking these actions. Taking courageous principled-action requires taking a stand, calling attention to yourself, and running the risk of being singled out in an unpleasant or public manner. Taking courageous principled-action to do the right thing cannot be taken lightly. There are consequences to standing up and doing the right thing, such as the anger of others, loss of status within the group, or being labeled a troublemaker. Having good intentions or being well-meaning is not enough. Action changes the world.

Distinguished Leaders Specialize in Positive Deviance

Positive deviance simply put is behaving the opposite of any dysfunctional behaviors supported, sustained, and maintained by group norms. They are specifically targeted behaviors designed to honorably, fairly, justly, and civilly defy imprudent, immoral, unethical, and illegal people, policies, and practices on a daily basis. They are deviant because they are unexpectedly positive behaviors that defy individual, group, professional, or institutional dysfunctional norms.

Examples of Positive Deviance include, but are not limited to:

• Being passionate and creative even when others aren’t
• Focusing on others even among the self-centered
• Actively and strategically opposing Groupthink
• Remaining loyal to principles, not the dysfunctional
• Deviating from collective rationalizations & excuses
• Remaining open-minded around the partisan
• Overcoming inertia by speaking up first
• Sharing your expertise with colleagues and detractors