LS Leader
The personal website of Dr. Chris Slaughter
The personal website of Dr. Chris Slaughter

About LS Leader

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What is LS Leader?

“LS” stands for lodestone.

A lodestone leader is an individual who follows their internal moral compass and is able, through wisdom, kindness, and understanding, to influence and guide others. 

The genesis of my definition can be found based on spiritual writings and technical definitions.

I was first introduced to the word lodestone from Bahá’í writings:

A kindly tongue is the lodestone of the hearts of men. It is the bread of the spirit, it clotheth the words with meaning, it is the fountain of the light of wisdom and understanding (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 289).

The language of kindness is the lodestone of hearts and the food of the soul; it stands in the relation of ideas to words, and is as an horizon for the shining of the Sun of Wisdom and Knowledge (Abdu’l-Baha, A Traveller’s Narrative, p. 43).

Of course, after reading about the lodestone from a spiritual perspective, I still didn’t actually know what it was. So, as I tend to do with unfamiliar words, I looked it up.  Lodestone is “magnetite possessing polarity” or “something that strongly attracts” (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lodestone). That’s pretty dry… Wikipedia starts its lodestone article like this:

A lodestone is a naturally magnetized piece of the mineral magnetite. They are naturally occurring magnets, which can attract iron. The property of magnetism was first discovered in antiquity through lodestones. Pieces of lodestone, suspended so they could turn, were the first magnetic compasses, and their importance to early navigation is indicated by the name lodestone, which in Middle English means “course stone” or “leading stone”, from the now-obsolete meaning of lode as “journey, way” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lodestone).

I keep running into debates on the definition and distinction of a leader and manager. Just to make things simple, I tend to lean on the basic principle that a leader is “a person who leads: (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leader) – and for a more descriptive evaluation of leadership,  let’s try Wikipedia; leadership is “a practical skill encompassing the ability of an individual, group or organization to “lead,” influence or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leadership).

With the combination of secular definitions and spiritually based constructs, there is a new and powerful perspective born. The Lodestone Leader.

The LS is also part of my initials.

Throw in the compass logo and a bit of imagination, and you can almost see “CLS.” I wish I were purposeful in creating a dual purpose for the logo and name. But, I only noticed the possibility after settling on the image to represent the ideology that guides my actions. That is the way life works. We take steps in a direction, and the path becomes clear as we move forward. Sometimes the meaning follows the form, and sometimes the form follows the meaning. Every once in a while, they are created simultaneously.