Capturing the Heart of Leadership: Spirituality and Community in the New American Workplace

By Gilbert W. Fairholm | Go to book overview

Chapter 10
The Spiritual Leadership Process

There is peculiar power in this new leadership process defining a holistic approach to dealing with people and centered on a community conception of the organization both as an economic enterprise and as a spiritually human system. This holistic approach includes services that address the personal as well as the professional lives of workers ( Kouzes and Posner 1993). The dilemma is to achieve and maintain a renewing balance between work and family and between personal and professional areas of life in the midst of constant pressures and crises. To resolve this dilemma, we must work from the inside out at all levels-- individual credibility, interpersonal trust, empowerment, and personal and other development.

The new breed of leaders fulfill their role as moral and spiritual anchors in these turbulent times ( Rasmussen 1993). It is a risky responsibility. Today, leadership means putting your life and your money where your values are. Spiritual leaders work primarily to enable their team. Personal gain is not often motivating to them. This new leadership springs from a regenerated school of thought that focuses on leader service to followers ( Greenleaf 1977).

Successful leadership depend on a carefully designed corporate philosophy or vision imbedded in a corporate culture. We can summarize the idea of leadership in the idea of commitment to serving others. It incorporates values honoring self and other development or growth to become one's best self. It is a stewardship orientation to the leader's

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