Successful Nations-Harnessing the Aspirations of the People: Richard Barrett

Successful Nations-Harnessing the Aspirations of the People: Richard Barrett

Posted On: January 16, 2015
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Richard Barrett’s latest book is Love, Fear and the Destiny of Nations; the impact of the evolution of human consciousness on world affairs. Richard is a leading global expert on the evolution of human values, culture, leadership & consciousness in business and society. (bio below)

Richard gives his assessment of Western Civilisation- where we are, what’s working well, the challenges we face and his vision for the next evolutionary steps into ever deeper democracy. His model of values driven leadership, leadership development and conscious evolution has been honed over thousands of leaders and organisations globally. He shows how this can be applied at the national and civilisational level.

He believes that there is an inevitable evolution of human values and consciousness once people’s deficiency needs are met and they become able to expand their consciousness and values into seeking their growth needs. He is certain that China will evolve its own form of democracy within 20 years, as will those other nations which are learning from the West how to lift people out of poverty and the basic levels of deficiency needs.

In the West, he sees our next stage of development is to continue to create conditions in which people’s basic needs are met so that we can evolve from freedom through equality, accountability, openness, transparency to trust. He says that business leaders are already well engaged in developing themselves to make this leap because they watch successful people and learn. He calls on political leaders to do the same but laments the current political culture which he feels is holding back our development.

Richard says that the satiation of the deficiency needs allows one to move from a fear-based way of life to a love-centred one, driven by the growth needs. This enables us to shift through levels of consciousness as leaders from socialised consciousness through self-authoring leadership and on to self-transforming consciousness at which people comfortably operate at the 7 levels of consciousness and are able to lead people at all those levels as appropriate to the situation, people and task. He describes this leap from the “flatland” of non-judgement and relativism up to and integral level of consciousness. He deftly catches the hot potato challenge to say how one would design an immigration policy from that higher level of leadership consciousness.


Richard Barrett (FRSA) is an author, speaker and social commentator on the evolution of human values in business and society. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Barrett Values Centre and an internationally recognized thought leader on values, culture, leadership and consciousness. In 2011, he was invited to become a Fellow of the RSA (The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) in the UK—an enlightenment organisation of thought leaders committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges.

He is a visiting lecturer at the Consulting and Coaching for Change, leadership course run by the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and HEC in Paris. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Royal Roads University, Institute for Values-based Leadership, and visiting lecturer at the One Planet MBA at Exeter University.

He is the creator of the internationally recognized Cultural Transformation Tools (CTT) currently being used in 60 countries to support more than 3,000 organizations and leaders in their transformational journeys. He is a Fellow of the World Business Academy, and Former Values Coordinator at the World Bank.

Richard Barrett is the author of A Guide to Liberating Your Soul (1995), Liberating the Corporate Soul: Building a Visionary Organization (1998), Building a Values-Driven Organization: A Whole System Approach to Cultural Transformation (2006), and The New Leadership Paradigm (2011). He is a contributing author to Psychometrics in Coaching (2008) – Chapter 15: Coaching for Cultural Transformation.

Visit Richard’s Values Centre Website