Spirit of Leadership: Optimizing Creativity and Change in Organizations

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Many organizations have invested in the skills and structures of change, but have forgotten the more intangible quality of spirit. As a result, their changes have been short-lived, their adaptability slow, and their ability to move to the "next level" nonexistent. The absence of spirit (even with all the right skills and structures) has prevented these organizations from developing a self-motivated desire to change for the common good. Indeed, the absence of spirit has led to ...
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Overview

Many organizations have invested in the skills and structures of change, but have forgotten the more intangible quality of spirit. As a result, their changes have been short-lived, their adaptability slow, and their ability to move to the "next level" nonexistent. The absence of spirit (even with all the right skills and structures) has prevented these organizations from developing a self-motivated desire to change for the common good. Indeed, the absence of spirit has led to abject resistance to change.

This book is intended not only to make up for this glaring error of omission, but also to probe deeply into all the major roots of organizational spirit. It does this by examining ways of enhancing: organizational vision communication within the organization meaning and purpose in both personal and business life organizational commitments necessary for trust organizational commitments toward an optimal "people system" ethics and fair conduct of business leaders' credibility, wisdom, and charisma leaders' ability to be contemplative and self-examined (leading to broader, deeper, and more long-term perspectives) co-participation and co-ownership within the organization

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Alan Mulally
Alan Mulally, President, Boeing Commercial:

I'm pleased to see that the same intellectual energy and spiritual power that characterize Bob's presentations made it into print. Drinking deeply from this well of wisdom will help any leader soar to new heights.

Michael Morrison
Michael W. Morrison, Dean, University of Toyota:

Read the book! In it, Spitzer soars, delivering a precise, profound, and passionate case for inspired leadership. His timeless prescriptions bring clarity to the flabby and fragmented musings of the popular business press. He shows us how the intangibles of spirit, trust, and vision drive the outcomes of organizational success.

Sid Banwart
Sid Banwart, Vice President, Caterpillar, Inc.:

Spitzer is right on the mark. Quantitative and analytical understanding, though necessary for leadership, are not enough. This book provides the missing ingredients, spirit, trust and heart.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930622029
  • Publisher: Pacific Institute, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
1 Spirit, Trust, and People 17
Section 1 The Mind and Vision of the Inspired Leader 29
2 Inspired vs. Driven Leadership 31
3 Three Qualities of Inspired Leadership 39
4 Seven Myths of Mediocre Leadership 49
5 Measuring the Effects of Esprit de Corps 57
Section 2 The Heart of the Inspired Leader 73
6 Four Levels of Happiness 75
7 The Comparison Game and its Resolution 89
8 Forming Habits Toward a New Way of Life 125
9 Indications of God's Presence in Human Consciousness 141
10 The Role of Faith in Inspired Leadership 151
11 Personal Commitments 167
Section 3 People Commitments 181
12 Commitments About People 183
Section 4 Ethical Commitments 201
13 The Ethical Leader 203
Section 5 Leadership Commitments 245
14 Leadership for a New Environment 247
15 The Principles of Inspired Leadership 255
16 Self-Motivation, Creativity, and Care 281
17 Co-Ownership and Team Building 295
18 Creating Esprit de Corps 309
Conclusion 327
Appendix From Contemplation to Inspired Leadership 329
Notes 333
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