Leadership Flow: The Unstoppable Power of Connection

Leadership Flow: The Unstoppable Power of Connection

by Peri Chickering
Leadership Flow: The Unstoppable Power of Connection

Leadership Flow: The Unstoppable Power of Connection

by Peri Chickering


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In Leadership Flow: The Unstoppable Power of Connection, author Peri Chickering offers a refreshing approach to leadership development—a philosophy that is bold and current and yet, in many respects, as old as humanity. Peri proposes there is a flow—an underlying rhythm to life—that fuels and evokes effective leadership. We can all lead more productively and sustainably, in or out of the workplace, by learning to access our natural strengths and connect them with the power of the larger order of all things.

Written in a clear voice and peppered with practical exercises, thoughtful anecdotes, and personal stories, this guide supports new and experienced leaders alike. Peri Chickering draws on the human relationship to the natural world, spirituality, the traditions of Taoism, and leadership structures of indigenous cultures to form specific tools and practices readers can use daily and invites them to understand where their natural skills fit within the ecosystem of life.

At once accessible and eye-opening, Leadership Flow will help readers uncover a pleasant truth: It’s far easier to get things done when we open ourselves to other people and the ever-present invitation and engagement of our connected universe. We are each here for a reason, and we are all needed.

In honor of the wisdom traditions of indigenous cultures, which are the foundations of Leadership Flow: The Unstoppable Power of Connection, Peri Chickering has dedicated all proceeds from the sale of this book to First Nations causes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647421519
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 08/17/2021
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Peri Chickering is an herbalist, coach, consultant, and leadership educator. Her early career as a mountaineer and wilderness guide took her traveling around the world. Out of these years she created wilderness-based leadership schools in South Africa and Bulgaria. Taking her leadership experience from the outdoors inside, she has worked with clients in private, governmental, and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, her clients include Disney Theatrical, USDA Forest Service, World Bank, Stanford Woods Institute, Universityof Chicago, and Renaissance Reinsurance. She holds a master’s degree in human development and a PhD in human and organizational systems. Situated in the small town of Hancock, New Hampshire, she, her husband, their cat, and two horses steward fifty-five acres of beautiful woodlands passed down from her grandmother.

Table of Contents

Foreword Christine Bader xi

Prologue xv

Part 1 Stepping Stones

Chapter 1 Leadership Flow 3

Be Yourself

Leadership Is a Team Sport

Self-Mastery as a Taproot to the Whole

Seven Directions of Self-Mastery

Chapter 2 Seven Directions of Self-Mastery 12

Ancient Wisdom

The Vertical Axis of Being

The Horizontal Axis of Doing

In Practice

Part 2 Upright and Rooted

Chapter 3 How You Be Versus What You Do 29

The Essential Self

Above, Below, and Within

Return to Center

Chapter 4 Above: Trust Life 35


Let Go


Getting Traction

Chapter 5 Within: Anchor to the Present 57




Getting Traction

Chapter 6 Below: Respect Creation 73




Getting Traction

Upright and Rooted

Part 3 Dancing with the Winds of Change

Chapter 7 Leadership Flow in Action 89

Our Personal Vehicles

Back in the Driver's Seat

Four Interrelated Capacities

Chapter 8 East: Become Emotionally Agile 94

Foundation of Belonging

Sadness: Connection

Anger: Truth

Fear: Risk

Getting Traction

Chapter 9 South: Build Physical Resilience 120




Getting Traction

Chapter 10 West: Cultivate Mental Fluidity 137




Getting Traction

Chapter 11 North: Embrace Your Spiritual Destiny 156



Joy Getting

Getting Traction

Part 4 Rebuilding Community

Chapter 12 Return to We 177

Seven Generations

Growing Elders

Rebuilding Communities

We Are All Needed

Appendix 185

Acknowledgments 191

About the Graphics 193

About the Author 195

Notes 197

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