Leadership, Spirituality, and Values in a Secular Age: Insights from Charles Taylor and James MacGregor Burns

  • Richard L. Morrill
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Spirituality. This chapter will explore terms and concepts that are famously complex, so they should be carefully considered at the outset. Most theorists find it difficult, for example, to get a fix on the term “spirituality” in relation to leadership, especially outside its use in a specific context. The word refers to many different concepts, doctrines, practices, beliefs, and experiences that no single definition can capture. In effect, “spirituality” operates more as a category than a concept.


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