Awakened Leadership

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Abstract

This chapter reviews the concept of awakened leadership (AL), a flexible, human-oriented leadership style, based on ancient principles yet geared toward needs of today’s working community. A set of requirements toward wakefulness is presented for those who are interested in becoming awakened leaders. Awakened leadership is critical today, because workplaces have become more complicated in structure and substance. No longer can we apply mere situational approaches that only focus on tasks and people. There are new dimensions required in the leadership equation, varying from increased diversity to dispersed work locations, and from soft skill nurturing to optimal stakeholder focus. The twenty-first-century demands, derived from increased awareness and immense exposure to global societies, cultures, habits, and lifestyles, have changed the type of leaders we need today. Awakened leaders are shaped from many moments of awakening, through challenges and crucibles, changes, and confrontations with unexpected twists. Once we start evaluating today’s leaders on the basis of the criteria laid out in this chapter, we find that awakened leadership, while still not frequently manifested, does exist in a number of exceptional leaders. Most importantly, becoming an awakened leader is possible for everyone who has the will. The chapter ends with an overview and some guidelines toward becoming an awakened leader.

Keywords

Awakened leadership Morals and values Integrity Vision Trust Change Initiative Fulfillment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Woodbury UniversityBurbankUSA

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