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Leading with Soul: An Uncommon Journey of Spiritby Lee G. Bolman
Synopses & Reviews
Since the first edition of Leading with Soul was published in 1995, its inspiring message has become even more urgent and timely in a world horrified by the events of 9/11, enraged by the hubris of business hotshots who triggered a world-wide economic crisis, and infuriated by limp, misguided responses to floods, oil spills, and nuclear catastrophes. Now more than ever we need courageous leaders with soul.
Leading with Soul invites world-weary managers on a journey in search of one's personal path to leadership and offers hope for reconnecting work and spirit. In this new and thoroughly revised edition of their classic work, Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal update a timeless spiritual message in the light of the turmoil of recent years as well as adding new insights from the literature of spirituality and work. As the authors explain, "Soul is personal and unique, grounded in the depths of individual experience. Spirit is transcendent and all embracing. It is the universal source, the oneness of all things."
At the heart of the book is the compelling story of a dispirited executive on his quest to find something deeper than rational plans and a focus on the bottom line. His story points the way to more rewarding work and more vibrant and spirited organizations. Bolman and Deal use this engaging parable to show how we can develop a life and livelihood that center on meaning, purpose, joy, and a sense of contribution to the greater community. By embarking on a new path, we can transform our lives and livelihoods to become truly enriched and spiritually fulfilled.
Praise for Leading with Soul
"No two authors are better equipped than Bolman and Deal to address and answer the seminal dilemma of our time—the difference between making a living and making a life. They lead the way to discover how to lead a spirited life."—Warren Bennis, distinguished professor of business administration, University of Southern California, and author of Still Surprised
"Wonderful lessons about leadership in a very personal story of a relationship between a teacher and a student. It is teaching and storytelling at its best."—James A. Autry, author, Life and Work
"Bolman and Deal understand that organizations are filled with living, breathing, feeling human beings, people who need more than a paycheck, more than a performance review, more than a promotion. This is a deceptively powerful realization for any leader."—Patrick Lencioni, author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Five Temptations of a CEO: Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive
A new edition of the bestselling book on finding one's personal path to leadership
Leading with Soul has inspired thousands of readers since its publication more than a decade ago. Far ahead of its time, the book illuminated the deeply personal journey to leadership. Now, in this new and revised edition, the authors update a timeless spiritual message in the light of the turmoil of recent years? including recession, the spread of global terrorism, and ethics scandals? as well as new insights from the literature of spirituality and work.
This completely revised story of an executive and his quest for deeper meaning continues to point the way to a more fulfilling work experience.
About the Author
Lee G. Bolman holds the Marion Bloch/Missouri Chair in Leadership at the Bloch School ofBusiness and Public Administration at theUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City.
Terrence E. Deal is the former Irving R.Melbo Professor of Education at the Universityof Southern California's Rossier School ofEducation and coauthor of sixteen books.
Table of Contents
Prelude: In Search of Soul and Spirit.
1. The Heart of Leadership Lives in the Hearts of Leaders.
2. The Human Heart Is More Than a Pump.
3. The Journey of a Soul.
4. Discovering New Teachers.
Interlude 1: Reclaiming Your Soul.
5. A Place to Start
6. Vicissitudes of the Journey.
Interlude 2: Leaning into Your Fear: The Courage of Conviction.
7. Gifts of Leadership.
12. Corporate Community.
Interlude 3: Community and the Cycle of Giving.
13. Summoning the Magic of Stories.
14. Lifting Our Voices in Song.
15. Celebrating Shared Icons.
Interlude 4: Expressing the Spirit.
A New Life.
16. The Twilight of Leadership.
17. Deep Refuge.
Interlude 5: The Cycle of the Spirit.
18. The Legacy.
Soul at Work.
Continuing a Spirited Dialogue.
About the Authors.
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