Ubuntu (oo-boon-too): an old African word meaning “humanity,” beautifully translated as, “I am because we are.”
Essentially, we can only experience our humanity through our interactions with others.
Ubuntu compels us to look after each other with kindness, compassion, and generosity of spirit.
If only we took the time to do this, and not automatically judge people off color, job, money, clothes but to actually share the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.
I have luckily experienced this as I hope we all have, a moment where it was deeper then fight or flight and right and wrong. it was about compassion!
Thinking of another persons well being regardless and putting their needs above your own.
Once we realize that we are who we are because of (not in spite of) the people we work with, we can intentionally embrace opportunities to make a difference.
We don’t get paid for bringing Ubuntu to our lives. But leading with Ubuntu, we have the power to be not only better leaders, but better human beings.