Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity

A Volume in the International Leadership Association Series, Building Leadership Bridges

Developing inner wisdom as a leadership strength

Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity presents the perspectives of leaders, social scientists, and educators from around the world on the topic of developing inner wisdom. Structured around the notions of spirit, presence, and authenticity, the book encourages readers to reflect on their own lives as they read about their colleagues' diverse experiences, all in an effort to address difficult global systems challenges with a foundation of various wisdom lineages and practices.

Each chapter is introduced by an editor with deep background experience in the topic at hand, and the book includes an examination of research on the essential nature of authenticity among leaders. Stories of leadership initiative from across nations illustrate the truly global nature of leadership inspiration, and accounts of teaching mindfulness, guiding leaders, and leading in the arts and humanities integrate critical theory with authentic leadership development. Topics include:

  • Subtle interdependencies involved in modern leadership
  • The contribution of sociological mindfulness to leadership education
  • Authentic leadership as communicated through technology
  • The role of spirit, and what the world needs from leaders

A diverse mix of contributors, including a Sufi teacher, a social science journal editor, and a CEO, provide a truly inclusive examination of the ways a leader is defined by self and others. Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity, a volume in the International Leadership Series Building Leadership Bridges from the International Leadership Association, helps connect ways of researching, imagining, and experiencing leadership across cultures, over time, and around the world.

This is a marvelously rich book. I commend it highly.
Ian I. Mitroff, professor emeritus, University of Southern California
This is by no means a standard leadership book. Rather, it emphasizes the possibilities of higher purpose in leadership. It focuses on spiritual practice, awareness, mindfulness, and ways to develop in these, in multiple types of leadership settings and from multiple religious traditions. It illustrates the value of such development for leadership action aimed at creating a better world. It will be very inspirational for aspiring leaders and current leaders ...
Jean M. Bartunek, professor, Management and Organization Department, Boston College
Professor Goldman Schuyler has the unique talent of being able to combine the best of social science with profound humanitarian insights, as well as psychological perspectives and a good heart. The readers of her book will be better for it, on more levels than they will at first realize.
Amitai Etzioni, author of My Brother’s Keeper