A Shift to a Spiritual Focus for Leadership
Millions of Americans are embarking on a journey for the sacred in their lives. The movement is a shift from capital-centered to human-centered leadership. The baby-boom generation of Americans are at a point in their lives where they sense the need for spirituality, but they don't know where to get it. People are hungry for meaning in their lives. They feel they have lost something and they don't remember what it is they've lost. It has left a gaping hole in their lives. To fill this void, some are trying to blend their spiritual with their everyday work lives ( Kantrowitz 1994).
Spirituality could be a strong force for personal maturation or another fad ( Kantrowitz 1994). Whether it is a fad or a sea change, we can see a discernable shift in America from capital-centered to human-centered work systems. For a growing segment of the working population, leadership success is premised on gaining support from all stakeholders who make up the partisan political structure inherent in all institutions--employees, customers, business partners, government, the public, and investors.
Today, the notion of spirituality in business centers around the idea of service ( Roddick 1993), not just productivity. Organizations must cease to look just at what it is and what it does. It also must look at how it does what it does. No society, no community, can function well unless most members behave most of the time because they voluntarily heed their moral commitments and social responsibilities ( Etzioni 1993). People are now adding their work organizations to the list of social groups where this dictum applies.