The Spiritual Dimension of Leadership: 8 Key Principles to Leading More Effectively

The Spiritual Dimension of Leadership: 8 Key Principles to Leading More Effectively

by Paul D. Houston, Stephen L. Sokolow, Dawna Markova
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412925770

ISBN-13: 9781412925778

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: SAGE Publications

This book illuminates many of the core values, beliefs, and principles that can guide, sustain, and inspire leaders during difficult times. These values and principles have underlying spiritual roots. The more aware of them you are, and the more you express them in leadership practice, the more effective you become.

Paul D. Houston, Executive Director of the

Overview

This book illuminates many of the core values, beliefs, and principles that can guide, sustain, and inspire leaders during difficult times. These values and principles have underlying spiritual roots. The more aware of them you are, and the more you express them in leadership practice, the more effective you become.

Paul D. Houston, Executive Director of the American Association of School Administrators, and Stephen L. Sokolow, a founding partner and Executive Director of the Center for Empowered Leadership, offer the following eight key leadership principles to help you become a more enlightened leader: Intention, Gratitude, Openness, Attention, Unique life lessons, Trust, Unique gifts and talents, Holistic perspective. Reap the many rewards of practicing these principles and journey down a path of awareness and insight that will empower you and those you lead to create the best possible future for our children.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412925778
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Forewordx
Prefacexiv
Acknowledgmentsxviii
About the Authorsxxi
Introductionxxiii
1The Principle of Intention1
Intention Is a Fundamental Principle of Enlightened Leadership3
Thought Is More Important Than You Think4
When Thought Becomes Prayer5
Spoken and Written Words Are Keys to Manifesting Your Intention6
Leaders Must Align Their Actions and Intentions9
Enlisting Spiritual and Nonspiritual Forces to Manifest Your Intentions11
Using Your "Third Eye" to Manifest Intentions14
Leaders Use Attention to Focus the Lens of Intention15
Leaders Focus energy to Manifest Their Intentions17
Summary19
2The Principle of Attention20
Attention Is One of the Key Principles for Enlightened Leaders22
The Role of Attention in the Thinking of Enlightened Leaders25
The Role of Attention in the Doing of Enlightened Leaders27
The Role of Attention in the Being of Enlightened Leaders29
How Enlightened Leaders Maximize Time on Task31
How Enlightened Leaders Focus Power and Energy33
How Attention Serves as a Magnet for Enlisting Others35
How Enlightened Leaders Keep Their Focus35
How Enlightened Leaders Use Images to Communicate37
Summary40
3The Principle of Unique Gifts and Talents41
Leaders Need to Be Aware That Everyone Has Unique Gifts and Talents43
Discovering and Developing Everyone's Unique Gifts and Talents45
How to Help Others Cultivate Their Unique Gifts and Talents47
Enlightened Leaders Facilitate the Sharing of Unique Gifts and Talents51
How Enlightened Leaders Extend Unique Gifts and Talents52
How Uniqueness Contributes to the Tapestry of Life53
How the Divine Helps to Clarify Life's Purpose(s)55
Summary57
4The Principle of Gratitude58
Having an Attitude of Gratitude60
The Importance of Being Mindful of Life's Blessings61
The Effect of Showing Gratitude for Help and Support63
The Importance of Being Grateful for Progress64
Enlightened Leaders Are Grateful for Obstacles and Adversaries66
Showing You Are Grateful for Love Received69
Showing You Are Grateful for Love Accepted69
Showing You Are Grateful for the Opportunity to Help Others70
How You Can Show You Are Grateful for Your Gifts and Talents71
About Being Grateful73
Enlightened Leaders Experience Boundless Gratitude74
The Importance of Being Grateful for Divine Guidance75
Summary76
5The Principle of Unique Life Lessons77
Using the Experiences of Daily Life to Grow Personally and Professionally78
People Are Given Life Lessons to Promote Spiritual Growth80
Problems Are Actually Opportunities in Disguise81
Clouds Do Have Silver Linings84
Learning Life's Lessons the Hard Way or the Easy Way85
Using the Weaknesses Within Strengths to Understand Life Lessons87
Mastery of Each Life Lesson Opens a Gateway to the Next89
Endings Create the Opportunity for New Beginnings90
Summary91
6The Principle of a Holistic Perspective92
Spiritual Truths in the Story of Three Blind Men and the Elephant93
Enlightened Leaders Are Aware That Everything Is Connected96
The Butterfly Effect and Its Implications for Leaders98
Leaders Must Know How the Parts and the Whole Are Related100
Fractals Can Be a Valuable Tool for Leaders102
A Holographic Perspective Is a Valuable Tool for Leaders104
The Spiritual Lessons of Oneness, Unity, and Holistic Thinking104
Summary107
7The Principle of Openness109
Openness Is an Important Principle for Leaders110
The Spiritual Aspects of Openness113
Enlightened Leaders Create Open Systems114
Leaders Must Be Open to Many Things117
Opening Your Heart and Mind120
How Openness Maximizes Growth and Creativity124
Why Openness Is the Key to Creating Infinite Potentiality126
Summary128
8The Principle of Trust129
Why It Is Important for Leaders to Be Trusting131
Why It is Essential for Leaders to Be Trustworthy134
Why It is Important to Trust Yourself136
Trusting Your Higher Self138
Enlightened Leaders Must Learn to Trust the Universe141
Why It Is Important to Give Trust as a Gift Whenever Possible144
Summary147
Selected Bibliography148

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