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Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity: A Volume in the International Leadership Association Series, Building Leadership Bridges

Book Description

Developing inner wisdom as a leadership strength

Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity presents the perspectives of leaders, social scientists, and educators from around the world on the topic of developing inner wisdom. Structured around the notions of spirit, presence, and authenticity, the book encourages readers to reflect on their own lives as they read about their colleagues' diverse experiences, all in an effort to address difficult global systems challenges with a foundation of various wisdom lineages and practices.

Each chapter is introduced by an editor with deep background experience in the topic at hand, and the book includes an examination of research on the essential nature of authenticity among leaders. Stories of leadership initiative from across nations illustrate the truly global nature of leadership inspiration, and accounts of teaching mindfulness, guiding leaders, and leading in the arts and humanities integrate critical theory with authentic leadership development. Topics include:

  • Subtle interdependencies involved in modern leadership

  • The contribution of sociological mindfulness to leadership education

  • Authentic leadership as communicated through technology

  • The role of spirit, and what the world needs from leaders

  • A diverse mix of contributors, including a Sufi teacher, a social science journal editor, and a CEO, provide a truly inclusive examination of the ways a leader is defined by self and others. Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity, a volume in the International Leadership Series Building Leadership Bridges from the International Leadership Association, helps connect ways of researching, imagining, and experiencing leadership across cultures, over time, and around the world.

    Table of Contents

    1. The Contributors
    2. Introduction: Of Leadership and Light
    3. Part One: Spirit
      1. Awareness and Beyond
        1. What Is the Relevance of the Concept of Leadership?
        2. The Problem with Applying Spirituality to the Western Concept for Leadership
        3. The Notion of Power: An Example of the Problem
        4. An Experimental Phase of Finding New Ways: In Claritas
        5. Leading with Spirit
        6. References
      2. Chapter 1: Connecting Inner Transformation as a Leader to Corporate and Societal Change
        1. Bringing Life Purpose into Business
        2. An Interview with Otto Scharmer
        3. A New Type of Leadership
        4. References
        5. Note
      3. Chapter 2: Cultivating Leadership through Deep Presencing and Awareness Based Practices
        1. Deep Presencing
        2. Deep Presencing as a Means for Engaging Soul in Action
        3. Applying Awareness Based Technologies
        4. Research
        5. Stories
        6. Concluding Reflections
        7. References
      4. Chapter 3: Enspirited Leadership in Japan
        1. Background: Bob and Yuka
        2. Stepping Stones
        3. Enspirited Leadership
        4. Three Questions
        5. Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity
        6. References
    4. Part Two: Presence
      1. Sociological Mindfulness and Leadership Education
        1. References
      2. Chapter 4: The Dance of Joyful Leadership
        1. The Still Point and the Dance
        2. The Dancers: Who We Are
        3. Our Story: Reflections on the Still Point and the Dance
        4. After the Dance: Closing Thoughts
        5. References
        6. Note
      3. Chapter 5: Why on Earth Are We Staring at Raisins?
        1. The Quest and the Test
        2. Opening and Learning
        3. Growing
        4. Home Is Wherever You Are
        5. References
        6. Note
      4. Chapter 6: Intergroup Dialogue
        1. The Intergroup Relations and Dialogue Program at Villanova
        2. Intergroup Dialogue and Nonviolent Communication
        3. Mindfulness and Intergroup Dialogue
        4. Authentic Leadership
        5. Conclusion
        6. References
    5. Part Three: Authenticity
      1. Appear Authentic!
        1. Room for Reflection in the Daily Life of a Leader?
        2. Online and Communicative Leadership in the New Global Social World
        3. Training in Authentic Leadership or Image Marketing?
        4. Being Authentic
        5. References
      2. Chapter 7: Leadership Values in Africa and Implications for Online Learning Communities
        1. The Role of Leadership Values
        2. About Servant-Leadership
        3. The African Leadership Approach
        4. Servant-Leadership and Online Learning Communities
        5. Implications for African Online Learning Communities
        6. Comparing Traditional African and Servant-Leadership Values: A Summary
        7. Avenues for Future Research
        8. Conclusion and Outlook
        9. Note
        10. References
      3. Chapter 8: Reflection and Authentic Leadership
        1. Overview of the Theoretical Model
        2. Implications for Authentic Leadership Development
        3. Implications for Research
        4. Conclusion
        5. References
      4. Chapter 9: Embodying Authentic Leadership
        1. The Great Dionysian Festival
        2. Developing Authentic Leadership Through Theater
        3. The Importance of Self-Awareness in Authentic Leadership
        4. External Elements: Language, Voice, and Body
        5. Conclusion
        6. References
      5. Chapter 10: Leaders’ Lived Experience of Authentic Moments
        1. The Method
        2. Essential Structure of an Authentic Leadership Moment
        3. Essential Themes
        4. Implications and Conclusion
        5. References
    6. Name Index
    7. Subject Index
    8. Advertisement
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