Capturing the Heart of Leadership: Spirituality and Community in the New American Workplace

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997 - 235 pagina's
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This book seeks to promote a new spiritual approach to organizational leadership that goes beyond visionary management to a new focus on the spiritual for both leader and led. Reflecting on the current crisis of meaning in America, this book takes up the search for significance in peoples' worklives--in the products they produce and in the services they offer. Recognizing that the new corporation has become the dominant community for many-- commanding most of our waking hours by providing a focus for life, a measure of personal success, and a network of personal relationships--Fairholm calls on business leaders to focus their attention on the processes of community among their stakeholders: wholeness, integrity, stewardship, and morality.

Spiritual leadership is seen here as a dynamic, interactive process. Successful leadership in the new American workplace, therefore, is dependent on a recognition that leadership is a relationship, not a skill or a personal attribute. Leaders are leaders only as far as they develop relationships with their followers, relationships that help all concerned to achieve their spiritual, as well as economic and social, fulfillment.

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Inhoudsopgave

The Soul of Leadership
1
The Place of Spirit in Our Work Lives
11
Defining Spiritual Leadership
23
Problems with the Current Leadership Situation
33
Pressures that Focus Our Spirit Self at Work
45
A Shift to a Spiritual Focus for Leadership
59
Understanding Spirit at Work
71
Spiritual Leadership at Work
81
Spiritual Leadership Visioning
137
The Spiritual Leadership Dynamics of Servanthood
147
Emerging Spiritual Leadership Technologies
157
Building Community and Individual Wholeness
171
Spiritual Leadership Setting a Higher Moral Standard
183
Stewardship
197
The Leaders Goal Continuous Improvement
207
Epilogue
215

The Search for a New Leadership
95
The Spiritual Leadership Process
109
Spiritual Leadership Task Competence
121
Bibliography
223
Index
231
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Pagina 102 - Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye pay tithe of mint, and anise, and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith : these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Pagina 177 - There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.
Pagina 126 - Senge describes learning organizations as places "where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire , where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning how to learn together
Pagina 176 - Not everything that counts can be counted; and not everything that can be counted counts.
Pagina 175 - No society conjunction well unless most of its members "behave" most of the time because they voluntarily heed their moral commitments and social responsibilities. There can never be enough police and FBI, IRS, and customs agents, inspectors, and accountants to monitor the billions of transactions that occur every day. And who will guard the guardians? Even if half the society were to police the other half, who would police this vast police to ensure that it...
Pagina 40 - The Mosaic law seeks the basis of its polity, first, in the absolute sovereignty of God; next, in the relationship of each individual to God, and through God to his countrymen. It is clear that such a doctrine, while it contradicts none of the common theories, yet lies beneath them all...
Pagina 217 - Indeed, James M. Burns (1978) defines transformational leadership as a process in which leaders and followers raise each other to higher levels of morality and motivation
Pagina 104 - West is a nondeified, nonreligious 'spiritualism' that enables a firm's superordinate goals to respond truly to the inner meanings that many people seek in their work - or, alternatively, seek in their lives and could find at work if only that were more culturally acceptable.
Pagina 219 - By focusing attention on a vision, the leader operates on the emotional and spiritual resources of the organization, on its values, commitment, and aspirations.

Over de auteur (1997)

GILBERT W. FAIRHOLM is Associate Professor of Public Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University and Adjunct Associate Professor of Leadership at the University of Richmond. In addition to his academic appointments, he has over 20 years of management experience in state and local government. His previous award-winning books include Leadership and the Culture of Trust (1994), Organizational Power Politics (1993), and Values Leadership (1991), all published by Praeger.

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