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Spiritually and Developmentally Mature Leadership

Towards an Expanded Understanding of Leadership in the 21st Century

  • Daniel E. Harris
  • Lori Holyfield
  • Linda Jones
  • Rhonda Ellis
  • Judi Neal

Part of the Management, Change, Strategy and Positive Leadership book series (MACHSTPOLE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Daniel E. Harris, Lori Holyfield, Linda Jones, Rhonda Ellis, Judi Neal
    Pages 1-7
  3. Daniel E. Harris, Lori Holyfield, Linda Jones, Rhonda Ellis, Judi Neal
    Pages 9-16
  4. Daniel E. Harris, Lori Holyfield, Linda Jones, Rhonda Ellis, Judi Neal
    Pages 17-55
  5. Daniel E. Harris, Lori Holyfield, Linda Jones, Rhonda Ellis, Judi Neal
    Pages 57-65
  6. Daniel E. Harris, Lori Holyfield, Linda Jones, Rhonda Ellis, Judi Neal
    Pages 67-82
  7. Daniel E. Harris, Lori Holyfield, Linda Jones, Rhonda Ellis, Judi Neal
    Pages 83-91
  8. Daniel E. Harris, Lori Holyfield, Linda Jones, Rhonda Ellis, Judi Neal
    Pages 93-109
  9. Daniel E. Harris, Lori Holyfield, Linda Jones, Rhonda Ellis, Judi Neal
    Pages 111-118
  10. Daniel E. Harris, Lori Holyfield, Linda Jones, Rhonda Ellis, Judi Neal
    Pages 119-130
  11. Daniel E. Harris, Lori Holyfield, Linda Jones, Rhonda Ellis, Judi Neal
    Pages 131-155
  12. Daniel E. Harris, Lori Holyfield, Linda Jones, Rhonda Ellis, Judi Neal
    Pages 157-166
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 167-265

About this book

Introduction

The book goes beyond theory to offer tools and suggestions for developing emerging leaders. Inspired by the pioneering work of leadership scholar Andre Delbecq, this book points towards an expanded model of leadership that incorporates an active inner life, and posits that such fully human models of leadership will be essential to meet the profound challenges of the 21st Century. Without presuming to provide definitive answers, the text explores central questions such as: What is the added value of spiritual maturity to leadership? Would the integration of mature spirituality with well-developed intellectual and emotional capacities produce more beneficial leadership outcomes for organizations and individuals? What would a spiritually and developmentally mature emerging leader look like in 10 to 20 years? How do we prepare emerging leaders for the challenges they may face; and how do we model spiritually and developmentally mature leadership in ways that resonate with them?

Professor Andre Delbecq (1936-2016) of the University of Santa Clara created the heuristic of “spiritually and developmentally mature leaders” to encapsulate his observation that outstanding leaders often seemed to draw strength and wisdom from sources that are not typically studied or taught in leadership courses. Thirty scholars and practitioners accepted Delbecq’s heuristic as the starting point to explore spiritual components of leadership that do not easily lend themselves to quantification or clear causal links. The analysis of their disciplined engagement with the heuristic forms the foundation of an exploratory, fully human understanding of leadership. This analysis is supported by literature reviews, including an overview of Andre Delbecq’s relevant work. Ultimately, the authors call for further collaboration across disciplines and between research and practice to build on the conceptual constructs offered here, and, especially, to create pedagogies for the training of spiritually and developmentally mature leaders

Keywords

Spiritual Leadership Spiritual Maturity Mature Leadership Spiritual Intelligence Self-Awareness Commitment to the Greater Good Nominal Group Technique Transcendent Mystery Andre Delbecq Spiritual but Not Religious NVivo Qualitative Data Analysis Provalis Research Text Analytics Developmental Models of Leadership Heuristic

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniel E. Harris
    • 1
  • Lori Holyfield
    • 2
  • Linda Jones
    • 3
  • Rhonda Ellis
    • 4
  • Judi Neal
    • 5
  1. 1.ViennaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Sociology and Criminal JusticeUniversity of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of World Languages, Literatures and CulturesUniversity of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA
  4. 4.INTOUCH Coaching, LLCFayettevilleUSA
  5. 5.Edgewalkers InternationalFayettevilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11175-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-11174-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-11175-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-6070
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-6089
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