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

By Gilbert W. Fairholm | Go to book overview

Chapter 19
Epilogue

Doing business as usual is not a formula for success in the current state of crisis in which we find ourselves. Conducting business based on conventional theory and experience is to court failure. Business has now absorbed or replaced many of the occupations in which people formerly engaged to attain personal satisfaction. The workplace is a locale of our heart-thoughts as well as our economics. It would be a devastating blow if we found neither spirit nor inspiration in work.

As we move into a new era of interpersonal relationships and need satisfaction using the workplace as the prime site, researcher and practitioner alike must deal with several issues, the resolution of which will define corporate and societal life for the foreseeable future. The incongruence between our personal ideals and values and the traditional exploitation process in business has caused increasing numbers of concerned people to question their behaviors and to call forth new paradigms based on the human spirit. Both practitioner leaders and scholars must consider together several issues as they complete the evolving model of spiritual leadership. This chapter discusses some of these issues.


A CRISIS OF MEANING: RELIGION VERSUS SPIRIT ON THE JOB

For most of human history no one had to search for the spiritual in their lives. At the core of every culture was a religion, with sacred times and places set aside for public rituals. For many today, these holy places

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