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The Transforming Leader

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Editor: Carol S. Pearson

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  • Outlines a new leadership approach tailored to the realities of the twenty-first century
  • Features chapters by such leading authors as Matthew Fox, Diana Whitney, and Alan Briskin
  • Edited and annotated by the author of the bestselling The Hero Within

The traditional model of the heroic leader single-handedly piloting the organization was always something of a myth, but it is especially unrealistic now. We live in a complex, fast-evolving, highly connected world. There is simply too much for a single person to keep track of or to address successfully. Leaders today must not only optimize all their own facultiesmind, body, and spiritthey must harvest the full capacities of those around them.

To discover what leadership models are working now, the prestigious Fetzer Institute, along with the University of Marylands School of Public Policy, and the International Leadership Association, brought together an impressive, interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners. The group drew on psychology, sociology, neuroscience, organizational change theory, myths and wisdom traditions, social networking theory, and the actual experiences of successful leaders to discover how leaders today achieve transformational results.

The first part of the book offers an overview of what transformational leadership is, how it works, and how it is evolving. The second part shows readers how to increase cognitive complexity, link up their conscious and unconscious minds, and lead in ways that connect mind, heart, and spirit. The third part describes ways of leading groups to harvest collective wisdom and promote coordinated performance in the service of transformational ends. The conclusion explores how transformational communication can anchor new learnings so that they become habitual.

About the Editor

Carol Pearson

Dr. Carol S. Pearson served most recently as President of Pacifica Graduate Institute. Previously, she was Professor of Leadership Studies in the School of Public Policy and the Director of the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland. She is the author or co-author of The Hero Within, Awakening the Heroes Within, The Hero and the Outlaw (on branding), Mapping the Organizational Psyche, Persephone Rising, the Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator®, and, most recently, What Stories are You Living– written to further narrative intelligence (NQ), authenticity, situational flexibility, and cognitive complexity.

What Leaders Are Saying About The Transforming Leader

What Leadership Educators Are Saying About The Transforming Leader

What Psychologists Are Saying About The Transforming Leader

Table of Contents

Foreword - Deborah Higgins

Preface: The Leadership for Transformation Project - Judy Brown and Michael Jones

Introduction: The Transforming Leader: New Needs for New Times

Setting the Context for Part One

Evolving Thinking about Transformational Leadership

  1. Transactional and Transformational Leadership: Their Foundations in Power and Influence – Michael J. Lovaglia, Jeffrey W. Lucas, and Amy Baxter
  2. Leadership in Action: Three Essential Energies – Betty Sue Flowers
  3. Leadership and Organizational Networks: A Relational Perspective – Philip Willburn and Michael Campbell
  4. Positive Power: Transforming Possibilities through Appreciative Leadership – Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom
  5. Dancing on a Slippery Floor: Transforming Systems, Transforming Leadership – Kathleen Allen
  6. On Mattering: Lessons from Ancient Wisdom, Literature, and the New Sciences – Barbara Mossberg

Setting the Context for Part Two

Deepening and Expanding Inner Capacities for Becoming the Change

  1. The New Basics: Inner Work for Adaptive Challenges – Katherine Tyler Scott
  2. Integral Leadership: Opening Space by Leading through the Heart – Jonathan Reams
  3. Mindful Leadership: Discovering Wisdom beyond Certainty – Susan Szpakowski
  4. Leadership as a Spiritual Practice: Vocation and Journey – Matthew Fox
  5. Transmuting Suffering: A Leadership and Advising Perspective – Arthur Colman and Éliane Ubalijoro
  6. Shapeshifter Leadership: Responding Creatively to the Challenges of a Complex World – Carol Burbank

Setting the Context for Part Three

Shifting Perspectives on Inner/Outer Connectivity

  1. Depth Entrepreneurship: Creating an Organization Out of Dream Space – Stephen Aizenstat
  2. Deep Dialogue: Harvesting Collective Wisdom – Alan Briskin
  3. New Approaches for Leadership: A Psychospiritual Model for Leadership Development – Karin Jironet and Murray Stein
  4. It’s All a Dream: Depth Approaches to Understanding and Withdrawing Projection – Jeremy Taylor
  5. Hearing the Music: Leadership and the Inner Work of Art – John J. Cimino and Robert B. Denhardt
  6. Unleashing Possibilities: Leadership and the Third Space – Zachary Green, Omowale Elson, and Anjet van Linge

Conclusion: Reinforcing Change through Transformational Communication

Appendix A Application Exercises
A: Applications for Th inking through What to Do
B: Applications for Becoming the Change You Wish to See
C: Applications for the Art of Transforming Groups
Conclusion: Creating a Connected Leadership Narrative and Plan

Appendix B Additional Resources
Organizations and Associations
Foundational Theory Sets
Leadership and Personal Development Instrumentation
Additional Communities of Practice

Leadership for Transformation Bibliography
About the Editor
About the Fetzer Institute
About the International Leadership Association
About Pacifica Graduate Institute