Dr. Paul T. P. Wong will be presenting a FREE webinar for the embodiment conference on ‘Self-Transcendence and Servant Leadership’. Please click here to watch my session LIVE on October 21, 11pm EST.
Covid-19 presents a real challenge to leadership in corporations, nonprofits and all levels of the Government. The current crisis in Washington and many other capitals calls for a different kind of leadership characterized by the spirit of self-transcendence and serving others rather than egotism, corruption and abuse of power. This presentation first introduces Viktor Frankl’s principles of self-transcendence and responsibility and shows how these principles enable him to function as a strong and influential leader in very trying circumstances. Frankl’s logotherapy becomes the foundation for Wong’s (2009, 2020) existential positive psychology and servant-leadership based on self-transcendence (Wong, Ivtzan, & Lomas, 2017). It then introduces the concept and practices of servant leadership as first developed by Greenleaf (1977).
There is now a clear consensus among modern management theorists (Crippen, 2004; Sendjaya & Sarros, 2002; Spears, 2005) that suggest that servant leadership may be the leadership of choice for the 21st century, because it frees people from egoistic needs. My presentation concludes with describing the best practices of servant leadership (Wong & Davey, 2007; Wong & Page, 2003) and the dialectic process of simultaneously overcoming the dark triad of narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism and cultivating self-transcendence as a virtue (Wong, 2020).
The INPM strives to promote the practice of existential positive psychology or second wave positive psychology. Existential psychotherapy is known for its dark themes, such as meaninglessness, alienation, despair, and fear of death (Yalom, 1980). Therefore, the idea of positive existential therapy sounds oxymoronic. However, once we free ourselves from the tradition of Continental Existential Philosophy and focus on the meaning-centered approach, we begin to see existential therapy is a more positive light.
Meaning-based positive existential psychotherapy has many characteristics, which include:
- Realizing people are meaning-seeking, and meaning making creatures, living in a world of personal and cultural meanings;
- recognizing that people have the predisposition to strive for personal significance, growth, and happiness given the reality of the impermanence of life;
- balancing self-actualization with the need for community and spiritual union;
- viewing existential anxieties as the necessary preconditions for the development of virtues such as altruism, courage, creativity, resilience, love, and optimism;
- advocating an integrative approach towards various schools of existential and meaning-oriented psychotherapies;
- fostering the integration of scientific psychology and spirituality in the practice of counseling and psychology;
- stressing the discovery of meaning and purpose of both specific situations and life as a whole.