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Courage to Lead (ICA series) Paperback – November 1, 2000


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  • Series: ICA series
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865714258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865714250
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,982,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Produced by the Institute for Cultural Affairs (ICA) in Canada, the book was edited by R Brian Stanfield, its Director of Publications. A non-profit with a presence in 48 countries, the ICA has worked for 45 years in organisational development, adult and child education, community development, and methods of social change.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 4, 2001
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Brian Stanfield challenges his readers in The Courage To Lead: Transform Self, Transform Society. He advocates that men and women take charge of their own internal quest for meaning in life and to move without paralysis by acting powerfully wherever they are. Stanfield asserts that "leadership" begins wherever we are, at home, at work, at a community meeting, or a simple conversation anytime, anywhere, with anyone. The key to changing society is to begin by changing oneself. Very ably written and as practical as it is inspirational, The Courage To Lead is enhanced throughout with funny, inspiring anecdotes and is very highly recommended reading for anyone seeking a better understanding of the mechanics and processes of effective self-induced, grassroots, social change pioneering.
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The premise of this book is that to transform society, we first need to transform ourselves. The book includes a history of the Ecumenical Institute/ Order:Ecumenical/ Institute of Cultural Affairs and a summary of the amazing fifty-year in-depth research and practical experience of that network of people. Brian's summary includes a secular rendering of this work. It begins with the basic religious course which underpinned work in the world, and moves on to: The Meditative Council; Knowing, Doing and Being; States of Being; Profound Vocation; The Four Life Phases; The Comprehensive Relation to the World; The Global Grid; The Social Process Triangles; and more. In the context of becoming an effective community leader, the book presents all of these without using religious language or terms. It is laid out in four parts: relation to life, to self, to the world, and to society. Each of the four parts includes three stances for a leader. The twelve stances are: everyday care, disciplined lucidity, continual affirmation, secular depth, self-reflectiveness, radical vocatedness, historical involvement, comprehensive perspective, inclusive responsibility, social pioneer, transestablishment style, and signal presence. For anyone interested in social change and depth encounter with life, this book will certainly be a gift.
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By Constance Brooks on September 2, 2014
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A clear guide for professional and personal life
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