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Jan 6, 2014
Sometimes people explain integrity as "doing the right thing even when nobody's looking." I think this also means not doing things I shouldn't, even if nobody will ever know about it. One reason it's called "integrity" is that it's about the integration of the seen and the unseen. For example, I should be guided in my private behavior by imagining how it would appear in public. Makes sense. But how about this: integrity also means that the way I appear in public reflects the part of me that nobody ever sees. What would it take for that to be a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at The Soul of Leadership
Integrative Leadership is understanding that organizations perform better when their members' thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals and values are in alignment. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2010 at The Soul of Leadership
The key to the Platonic view of leadership is the idea that what happens on the collective level is a reflection of what goes on in the individual, and vice versa. Macrocosm and microcosm. So on the one hand, Plato writes that a just society is one where each adult's individual character matches his or her role in the polis. I call that external alignment. On the other hand, if justice means that you perform the role that suits your nature, then first you have to know what your nature is. And that means taking care of your inner alignment.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2010 at The Soul of Leadership
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Mar 15, 2010
Leadership is about going from here to there. But nothing could be farther from the concept of leadership than the idea of followers. When we talk about leadership, I think we should refer to "seekers," instead of "followers." Seekers of knowledge, seekers of money, seekers of success, seekers of fulfillment, seekers of growth, seekers of power, seekers of truth. Leadership applies to all of these, but they're not things that you follow someone to. It's important not to think of yourself as a follower when you turn to someone for help reaching the goals you seek. Otherwise you'll end up... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2010 at The Soul of Leadership
One of the things that business leaders do is remind employees of the common purpose that unites their indiviudal jobs into a single, complex, effort. This is important because succesfully reinforcing a common purpose goes a long way towards helping employees find fulfillment in their work. Moreover, it increases the worthiness of leadership. That's because the value of leadership isn't measured by profits: it's measured by how well it helps employees transcend their individuality through a sense of belonging to something greater than themselves. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2010 at The Soul of Leadership
We can learn a lot about leadership just from the word itself. Stripping away everything but the most basic meaning, lead means to take someone somewhere. The path taken could be economic (from poverty to wealth), political (from slavery to freedom), mystical (from spiritual slumber to enlightenment); it could create greater understanding of the external world, or deeper self-awareness; it usually involves a relationship with other people, but the journey from "here" to "there"--and the change that such a movement brings about--always includes the leader as well. There are countless examples of leading, but in each one is the core... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2010 at The Soul of Leadership
Who among us are leaders? Are they the kings and queens, the presidents, legislators and judges of the world? Are they the bosses and chief officers of our corporations? Are they the wealthy, the famous, the ones who have "made it to the top"? I am certain that most people understand that true leadership has more to do with a person's character--the inner quality, spirit, or soul of a person--than with his or her status and income. What is the soul of leadership? That is the subject of this blog. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2010 at The Soul of Leadership