Peter strived to make business leaders see the community as the responsibility of the corporation. He called on leaders to embody “the Spirit of Performance” by exhibiting high levels of integrity in their moral and ethical conduct; focusing on results; building on strengths; and leading beyond borders to meet the requirements of stakeholders, ultimately serving the common good.

Ignoring externalities threatens excellence, ethics, and engagement in organizations, but addressing these externalities can transform challenges into opportunities. When we truly focus on the common good, service is a privilege —not a chore but a remarkable opportunity.

In the complexity and the context of our lives as leaders, leading in tenuous times, there are the most magnificent, most compelling, most significant opportunities to lead, to find solutions, and to build a healthy, diverse, inclusive community that cares about all its people.

…And even for a leader with little concern about the greater good, there is the reality that a sick and ailing community cannot produce the healthy, energetic, productive workforce our enterprises demand if indeed they are to be viable and even present at the end of this turbulent decade.

The bottom line of every social sector organization is “changed lives.” That is possibly why Peter Drucker said, “It is the social sector that may yet save the society.” But only in collaboration with our partners in the private and public sectors can we move beyond the walls and build this essential, cohesive community. – Frances Hasselbein, President and CEO of the Leader to Leader Institute, formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation.

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