What do these people have in common?
Presidents Roosevelt, Obama, and Washington, actress Anna Kendrick, musician LLCoolJ, authors JK Rowling, Robert Greene, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, entrepreneurs Ray Dalio (Bridgewater Associates), Jack Dorsey (Twitter), Tim Ferriss, Ryan Holiday, finally Arnold Schwarzenegger, Derren Brown, Marcus Aurelius and Shakespeare.
The answer is they all declare a heavy influence from the ancient philosophy of Stoicism, perhaps the world’s original personal development system.
So influential is Stoicism today, many personal development advisors have used it as a foundation, such as Steven Covey’s “7 Habits”, or much of the material published by Tony Robbins. The goal was to develop a sense of tranquillity (mindfulness). The philosophy challenged our perception of life and what we control (the creators of Cognitive Based Therapy were open about using Stoicism as a basis for CBT).
The word Stoicism has connotations of having a stiff upper lip with no emotion. In fact, it’s just the opposite. It encourages feeling all emotions, it’s a joy of being human, but being able to respond to them appropriately…much the same as modern mindfulness techniques teach us.
There is a world of difference between being a self-declared Stoic, and using Stoicism as a philosophy. Not only does using the philosophy help us as individuals, it can absolutely develop leaders and create more healthy organisations. I know, because I have used it in policing, and so have all the people above. Ray Dalio for example, runs Bridgewater with some very Stoic principles, the company now handles a portfolio worth over $130 billion.
I used it to achieve some of our performance goals, and when it came to customer service from our CID department, we achieved the best performance nationally, because we used this philosophy.
If using Stoicism interests you, and you think your leadership skills and organisation can benefit from it, there are many books available, as well as online sources. Get in touch, and I’ll send you a resource list to start you off.
“It is undoubtedly people with such a mindset as the Stoics, who will become the captains of industry, the most honest politicians, the wisest and the wealthiest in this material world…” Dr Gary Bannister
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