Managing and Leading from a Maori Perspective: Bringing New Life and Energy to Organisations



Attending to the life-energy of an organisation is an important, yet often overlooked aspect of management and leadership. Ignoring energy dimensions in an organisation can lead to dispirited, dysfunctional workplaces. In this chapter, we explore how nourishing different life-energies can revitalise relationships within the workplace and with communities to support organisational thriving. A central premise of this theoretical enquiry is that organisations which cultivate healthy, thriving life-energies offer added value for their stakeholders, including employees, customers, social and cultural communities, and the environment. We focus on indigenous Maori conceptualisations of life-energies and offer a series of touchstones, drawn from theory and our management and research experience, to guide sustainable business practice with the kaupapa, intention, of bringing new life and dignity into dispirited modern enterprise.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Auckland Business SchoolAuckland, 1142New Zealand
  2. 2.Awhina Whanau ServicesHawkes BayNew Zealand

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