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This chapter presents a holistic approach to the art and science of leadership. Traditional approaches to leadership rarely provide any permeating or systematic framework to garner a sense of higher purpose or nurture deeper moral and spiritual dimensions of leaders. Learning to be an effective leader requires an integral transformation on the continuum of self, spirit, and service. Holistic leadership fosters the integral development of a leader’s personality in all its dimensions—physical, psychological, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. It is a moral and spiritual journey whose guiding compass is found within a leader’s soul. The first step in that journey is marked by self-knowledge. Guided by self-knowledge, holistic leaders express their authentic self in all that they do and attain fulfillment by serving for the good of others.
Synthesizing the best of contemporary approaches to leadership in a holistic manner, this chapter presents an integral model of leadership that is built on the sound principles of self-motivation, creativity and innovation, emotional intelligence, spiritual intelligence, optimal performance, and fulfillment. This is a daring thesis, but we believe that such broad interdisciplinary approach is well suited to effectively address the multifaceted issues faced by contemporary organizations and leaders.
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