“Leading with Soul, An Uncommon Journey of Spirit, Revised 3rd Edition” (by acclaimed authors Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal) is the completely revised story of an executive and his quest for deeper meaning continues to point the way to a more fulfilling work experience, and finding one’s personal path to leadership. Originally published in 1995, Leading with Soul brought readers a timeless and inspirational message that was as relevant then as the revised edition is to readers now. To check out author Lee G. Bolman’s personal website, with news and information, click here.
Since the first edition of Leading with Soul was published in 1995, its inspiring message has become even more urgent and timely in a world horrified by the events of 9/11, enraged by the hubris of business hotshots who triggered a world-wide economic crisis, and infuriated by limp, misguided responses to floods, oil spills, and nuclear catastrophes. Now more than ever we need courageous leaders with soul.
Leading with Soul invites world-weary managers on a journey in search of one’s personal path to leadership and offers hope for reconnecting work and spirit. In this new and thoroughly revised edition of their classic work, Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal update a timeless spiritual message in the light of the turmoil of recent years as well as adding new insights from the literature of spirituality and work. As the authors explain, “Soul is personal and unique, grounded in the depths of individual experience. Spirit is transcendent and all embracing. It is the universal source, the oneness of all things.”
At the heart of the book is the compelling story of a dispirited executive on his quest to find something deeper than rational plans and a focus on the bottom line. His story points the way to more rewarding work and more vibrant and spirited organizations. Bolman and Deal use this engaging parable to show how we can develop a life and livelihood that center on meaning, purpose, joy, and a sense of contribution to the greater community. By embarking on a new path, we can transform our lives and livelihoods to become truly enriched and spiritually fulfilled.
Praise for Leading with Soul
“No two authors are better equipped than Bolman and Deal to address and answer the seminal dilemma of our time—the difference between making a living and making a life. They lead the way to discover how to lead a spirited life.”
—Warren Bennis, distinguished professor of business administration, University of Southern California, and author of Still Surprised
“Wonderful lessons about leadership in a very personal story of a relationship between a teacher and a student. It is teaching and storytelling at its best.”
—James A. Autry, author, Life and Work
“Bolman and Deal understand that organizations are filled with living, breathing, feeling human beings, people who need more than a paycheck, more than a performance review, more than a promotion. This is a deceptively powerful realization for any leader.”
—Patrick Lencioni, author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Five Temptations of a CEO: Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive