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DSL Project: Seeing Clearly—Principles, People, and Purpose—First Steps for Leaders

Seeing Clearly—Principles, People, and Purpose—First Steps for Leaders

This work uses the biblical text found in Matthew 7:2-5, specifically: “Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye? Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye,” as a springboard for the reader to consider principles, people and purpose as foundational to all leadership. The reader is encouraged to not only clearly see those three elements as core to their personal and organizational culture, but also to apply them within their leadership roles.

A key argument of this work is that the individual’s leadership abilities (and also the organization’s) grow over time from the inside out, even as there are external forces being applied. The primary focus of this work as the three elements are examined is a view of leadership as a moral relationship, which is a values-based model, in contrast with a performance or competency-based model. The concept of “Seeing Clearly” begins with a search within the individual, establishing fundamental ethical principles at one’s core. The reader will see that “Principles” underpin “People” and “Purpose” throughout the organization, no matter how large or small that organization may be. Therefore, it is essential that leaders take time to consider the source for the principles they hold dear. Leaders influence people to accomplish a purpose and together, principles, people and purpose must be in alignment for an organization to prosper, not only in the present, but also into the uncharted future.

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Following graduation, Dr. Hoyes developed and published a book based on his doctoral project. Seeing Clearly–Principles, People, and Purpose: First Steps for Leaders may be purchased at