Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity presents voices from around the world focused on developing leaders inner wisdom. Edited by an international team of scholars, readers will want to reflect on their own choices as they read of their colleagues diverse experiences teaching mindfulness, coaching leaders, and leading. The carefully selected chapters offer thoughtful discussions by a CEO, a globally noted consultant, an African higher education administrator, and a Japanese change agent, alongside experiences and research by educators from four continents. In keeping with the mission of the International Leadership Association, the Building Leadership Bridges series connects ways of researching, imagining, and experiencing leadership across cultures, over time, and around the world.
Praise for Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity
This is a marvelously rich book. I commend it highly.
Ian I. Mitroff, professor emeritus, University of Southern California
This book is a timely reminder that leadership takes courage to remain in the present moment, to accept the ambiguity and uncertainty that is often part of the present, and to be willing to ask probing questions to start the conversation. I come away with the certainty that I need to read it again and again to appreciate the new way of thinking that the thought–provoking questions found in the chapters have stirred up within.
Dawn Brown, head of Perception Shift, international speaker, author, and psychotherapist
Professor Goldman Schuyler has the unique talent of being able to combine the best of social science with profound humanitarian insights, as well as psychological perspectives and a good heart. The readers of her book will be better for it, on more levels than they will at first realize.
Amitai Etzioni, author of My Brother s Keeper
This is by no means a standard leadership book. Rather, it emphasizes the possibilities of higher purpose in leadership. It focuses on spiritual practice, awareness, mindfulness, and ways to develop in these, in multiple types of leadership settings and from multiple religious traditions. It illustrates the value of such development for leadership action aimed at creating a better world. It will be very inspirational for aspiring leaders and current leaders alike.
Jean M. Bartunek, professor, Management and Organization Department, Boston College
The Contributors vii
Introduction: Of Leadership and Light xv
Kathryn Goldman Schuyler
Part One: Spirit 1
Awareness and Beyond: Why Moving On Means Letting Go 3
1. Connecting Inner Transformation as a Leader to Corporate and Societal Change 13
Subhanu Saxena, Otto Scharmer, Kathryn Goldman Schuyler
2. Cultivating Leadership through Deep Presencing and Awareness Based Practices 39
Jonathan Reams, Olen Gunnlaugson, Juliane Reams
3. Enspirited Leadership in Japan 59
Bob Stilger, Yuka Saionji
Part Two: Presence 77
Sociological Mindfulness and Leadership Education 79
John Eric Baugher
4. The Dance of Joyful Leadership 91
Catherine Etmanski, Mark Fulton, Guy Nasmyth, M. Beth Page
5. Why on Earth Are We Staring at Raisins? 109
6. Intergroup Dialogue: Mindfulness and Leadership Development for Social Change 125
Brighid Dwyer, Ralph A. Gigliotti, Hanna H. Lee
Part Three: Authenticity 147
Appear Authentic! The Rhetorical Oxymoron of Authentic Leadership 149
7. Leadership Values in Africa and Implications for Online Learning Communities 157
Sylvia van de Bunt–Kokhuis, Hellicy C. Ngambi
8. Reflection and Authentic Leadership 179
Deana M. Raffo
9. Embodying Authentic Leadership: An Actor s Perspective 197
10. Leaders Lived Experience of Authentic Moments 213
Name Index 233
Subject Index 239