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Leadership Speaker Philippines. The Filipino ancestors built the rice terraces out of the Cordillera Mountains about 2,000 years ago. It's located in the northern Philippines. They did that using a unique form of leadership.
When compared with other Wonders of the Ancient World, the Ifugao Rice Terraces outshine them. Many world wonders were built by either salaried skilled workers or slaves.
However, the Ifugao Rice Terraces were built differently. They were constructed by freemen who acted through a deep sense of trust, humanity, and collaboration.
No single leader was ever identified for its creation. Why? Because, as it turned out, the people themselves were collectively the leader.
The idea of "not having a leader at the helm of an incredible human achievement" is where Stepback Leadership originated from.
Stepback is about putting the people at the center of leadership. This is exactly the lost Filipino brand of leadership. We intend to bring this back to organizations.
We have been introduced to so many leadership principles, concepts, insights, and ideas over the years. Some of them work. Some don’t. Some do work for a while. Some never work at all. Some take time to take effect. Some take effect instantly.
Yet, despite putting all those principles to a test, many of us still remain wondering if there’s one thing, one principle that works for everything. Well, there is none.
But one thing is for sure. The leadership philosophy that always works is one that fits the identity of the people and culture of the organization.
Stepback is a practice of putting the people at the center of leadership. It existed for more than 2,000 years ago as the original leadership art of the Filipinos that was long forgotten because of a series of invasions that happened since 1521. It fits our identity as a people and it’s endemic in our culture.
This work is an addition to the already crowded leadership playbooks written by leadership gurus from all over the world. I hope I can say many of them are right but the more I got deeper into understanding our own leadership, I can straightforwardly say, many of them are wrong.
For hundreds of years, we’ve been applying western principles in an eastern community where collaboration is preferred over the competition. We’ve followed the advice of foreign authors who’ve never been to the Philippines and have no inkling about who we are as a people, haven’t read our story, or haven’t made themselves familiar with our history.
To do this, we send our leadership speakers in the Philippines to discuss this topic.
Lloyd A. Luna is a leading leadership expert in the Philippines with more than 10 years experience.
LLOYD ABRIA LUNA is the first and only Filipino to represent the Philippines in a global speakers summit. He is the founder and CEO of Stepback, a culture transformation company that helps leaders and organizations see the bigger picture in life and at work. He has been an Asian motivational speaker for over 10 years, delivering an average of 120 inspirational speeches annually. He has authored 16 books and is a radio and television talk-show host, songwriter, publisher, and serial entrepreneur.
The youngest board member of the Global Speakers Federation, which has 15 member-countries worldwide including the Philippines, Lloyd is the founder and president of the Philippine Association of Professional Speakers.
As author and originator of Stepback™—the lost art of Filipino leadership— Lloyd teaches the practice of putting people at the center of leadership. Using his in-depth study of the building of the 2,000-year-old Ifugao Rice Terraces, which has been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lloyd believes that great leaders are shaped and defined by three crucial steps they make for their people: (1) stepping in educate them; (2) stepping back to delegate to them; and (3) stepping up to explore with them. He argues that these three steps are founded mainly on trust, collaboration, and humanity.
His discovery has been the cornerstone of organizational programs such as leadership development, sales and marketing, management, administration, training, business development, and innovation and change.
Lloyd is the president of LLOYDLUNA Communications, the parent company of Stepback, Umbrella Speakers, Scroll Publishing, Skybell Clothing, and Peaches Music. He is the founder of the Registered Speaking Professional Institute of the Philippines, a certifying body that gives RSP designation to qualified professional speakers in the country.
Lloyd has been a resource speaker in over 1,000 conventions, conferences, and seminars, has appeared in over 200 media interviews, and has spoken on leadership to personnel of several major global companies worldwide, to key managers and staff of Philippine government agencies, and to students and faculty of various Philippine schools.
For his work as motivational speaker, Lloyd has been conferred scores of awards over the years, among them the Collegiate Ambassador for Peace award in South Korea, remarkable alumnus of Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and the 2010 SM Supermarket Brand Ambassador award. At age 31, he was nominated for the 2013 Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines award. In 2018, he was also nominated by Go Negosyo for the ASEAN Business Awards.
This book paints an inspiring picture on how the so-called barbaric, naive, and uneducated ancient Filipino society has constructed and maintained a millennia-old magnificent edifice of elaborate beauty, which on the contrary speaks volumes of our great identity, unique leadership philosophy, and sustainable management ingenuity.
But when we look at our challenges as cultural, then we are in a better position to address the culture instead of the situation. Thus, most organizational problems are not situation in real nature. It's cultural.
Our indigenous people know who they are, where they stand, and what they represent (modern-day branding). They have identified, clarified, and solidified their culture so strong not even time was able to put them away.
My argument is simple: It must have been impossible to build such an engineering marvel without any leadership philosophy and management system—an outright dismissal of the notion that "our ancestors were naive, barbaric, and uneducated."
Mutual respect makes a lasting leadership. When people say it's lonely at the top, it only happens when you're alone at the top. Why not bring as many people as you can so you can all enjoy being on top?
"In leadership, there's a difference between leading and being followed. If you're leading, it means people rely on you. If you're simply being followed, it means they only comply with you."
Chances are, our type of leadership today creates a culture of self-centeredness, individualism, doubt, and competition—a perfect recipe for an inevitable disaster where everyone becomes a casualty.
We've got to agree. There are hundred leadership speakers in the Philippines. Chances are, you've picked one who didn't live up to the hype of his profile. This article presents several ways on how be an expert leadership speaker.
The Philippines is home to natural beauty. And we need not change that. We are naturally beautiful inside and out. Yet, we often feel lacking. Thus, ungrateful. We feel we're not enough. Then, we find ourselves wanting for more.