leadship principles

Since moving to Minnesota in 2005, I’ve had the pleasure of consulting for different companies within the Twin Cities. One of those companies is Best Buy. In a recent article, Meet The Man Best Buy Hired To Take On Amazon, Best Buy’s CEO Hubert July describes how his leadership is based on spiritual principles.

Hubert spent time with the monks of St John and he learned to practice spiritual exercises of the Jesuit, Ignatius of Loyola. When asked about his leadership at Best Buy, Hubert said “There’s a deep philosophical and spiritual underpinning to all this.”

I was aware of the great job Hubert has done at Best Buy, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn his leadership was based on spiritual and philosophical principles.

This all  got me thinking about leadership and my own beliefs. I’m an alum of Bethel University, a Christian school in Minnesota. At Bethel, they tied spirituality and faith into all their leadership courses. Yet, I find it’s easy to lose sight of my core values and beliefs when I’m in the throes of the daily grind. Those who work in IT like myself I’m sure can relate, where complex problems and tight deadlines are the norm.

When life gets crazy, spirituality helps put things in perspective. To me, spirituality means connecting with a power outside of myself. By having faith, not only can I then experience peace, I can also help others.

There’s a great amount of relief knowing that if I get out of my own way and stick to my core values, things will be okay. It’s a belief and a feeling that no matter what’s going on around me, everything is alright.

The Jesuit priest Anthony De Mello, elegantly stated: “All mystics — Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion — are unanimous on one thing: that all is well”.

What greater gift is there than a sense of peace knowing that all is well? No amount of money can buy this gift, but it is available to us if we are willing to put in some work.

No matter what your religion or belief system is, improving your spiritual condition requires work. We should devote time to improving our spiritual condition, what ever that may look like for you. By tapping into spirituality, we can then put our core values at the forefront of our leadership.

In summary, I agree with Hubert,  there is a deep philosophical and spiritual underpinning to all this. Through spiritual principles, we can maximize our leadership potential. In the end, it may be all about providing service to others, whether that be our employees, customers, or family.


About the Author: Mike MacIsaac is the president and principal consultant for MacIsaac Consulting. Mike provides leadership as an IT Project and Program Manager as well as an Agile Scrum Master. You can follow Mike on Twitter @MikeMacIsaac or subscribe to Mike’s blog.