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Leaders as Placemakers: Regenerating the Soul of the Organization

Summary: This article advocates creating a new platform for leadership that is grounded in our essential humanity, including our sense of place in relation to nature and ecology, the creative spirit, culture, and community. Most organizational cultures are not at a loss for innovative ideas. What they do lack, however, according to the author, is this supportive environment. He offers the metaphor of a tree as a lens for making distinctions between three levels of leadership and learning. The first level is technical and tactical, and the primary focus is on individual knowledge and expertise. The second level is strategic and transactional, and the primary focus in on effectiveness, teamwork, and shared meaning. The third level is regenerative, nature-based, and transformational. At this level, the primary focus is on beauty, the social field, collective intelligence, and the tonal quality of the system.

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  • Topics: Leadership
  • Keywords: Leadership, Leader, Organizational culture, Corporate culture, Human factors, Teamwork
  • Author: Jones, Michael;
  • Journal: Journal for Quality and Participation