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