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Leadership and Spirit Hardcover – November, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0787909499 ISBN-10: 0787909491 Edition: 1st
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"Leadership and Spirit is a clear and insightful roadmap to bringing vitality and hope back into our institutions. It will renew your capacity to create harmony between your own values and how your bring leadership to work."(Peter Block, author, Stewardship and Flawless Consulting)

"Insightful and convincing. Russ Moxley demonstrates persuasively that inspiring people to innovate and be creative is key to success in the knowledge era, and shows how leaders can achieve this by understanding people's need for meaning and for purpose."(Sally Helgesen, author, The Web of Inclusion and The Female Advantage)

"Russ Moxley combines state-of-the-art knowledge of leadership with a profound and courageous personal spirituality to achieve an inspiring new way of talking about leadership. Anyone who thinks it has all been said already needs to read this book."(Peter Vaill, author, Spirited Leading and Learning)

"Leadership and Spirit is a must-read for everyone who truly cares about the well-being of people and organizations. This book is the real deal."(Larry C. Spears, CEO, The Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership)

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In a world where individuals too often feel spent and uninspired on the job, leadership that fails to incorporate the invigorating power of spirit is nothing short of incomplete. Leadership and Spirit gives all of us the perspective and guidance we need to invest ourselves, our fellow workers, and our entire organizations with the essential sense of purpose, commitment, and fulfillment that spirit can confer. Author Russ Moxley of the Center for Creative Leadership shows leaders at all levels how they can link leadership and spirit to spawn a more vibrant and essential brand of leadership-one that, in turn, promotes the creativity, vitality, and well-being of others. Basing his advice on nearly thirty years of work with hundreds of executives and managers in all kinds of organizations, Moxley encourages readers to elevate their understanding of leadership practice and embrace the concept of leadership as partnership—a model that involves all employees at various times. This model, he maintains, will help everyone concerned find new meaning and satisfaction in their work. And he offers specific suggestions on who each of us must be and what each of us must do in order to make partnerships work. Here, Moxley explains what spirit is and shows why leadership and spirit must be woven together. He analyzes prevalent leadership practices and demonstrates how many of those practices cause spirit to whither and wane. He focuses on the skills and behaviors that give voice to our true selves and increase our capacity to engage in the activity of leadership. And he demonstrates how spirited leadership serves to create a totally engaged workforce; one that brings the whole person-mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual-to work. Most of us have experienced the difference and realized the impact it can have on individuals and organizations: Leadership can be practiced in ways that either suffocate the spirit or liberate its boundless potential. Leadership and Spirit help
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (November 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787909491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787909499
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jody M. Westbrook on May 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Our struggles in the American workforce cause us to focus on reforms, programs, additional training and tougher evaluations. Worthy efforts, but those still don't fix the problems. Russ Moxley has captured in an easy to read, thought- and heart-provoking book, vital characteristics and behaviors which have the potential to solving some of those issues. I have observed in many organizations the three (3) practices that will create dispirited organizations. Those descriptions alone are worth the price of the book and if addressed, have the potential for transforming a workplace. The five requirements for a new model of leadership will create spirited thoughts and conversations for all who read it! There are very important lessons in this book. You'll be glad you read it, and you will have new insights into how to create a spirited workplace.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Anderson on March 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Leadership & Spirit by Moxley (brought to you by those folks at the Center for Creative Leadership) manages to be clear, engaging, and concise with an economy of words that borders on simply being beautiful. No fluff or padding here. It's sprinkled with quotes from all aspects of life that highlight and explain a particular process or idea (i.e. courage, coercive power, spirit, team partnership, etc...). Most importantly, this is not more pop psychology, New Age spirituality, or academic business theory. It simply and subtlety touches timeless truths without demeaning them or reducing them to blandness. While not written down to anyone, it has somehow brought to life the simple wisdom we know lies under the surface of complexity. If you're "there" or get some of it (ref: the simple sayings of Chauncy Gardner in the old Seller's movie "Being There"), this can help you get more of it. The vision thing ... `maybe not as elusive as we think! If Covey is too wordy and leaves you frustrated about how to get "there", if you admire the courage of a nay-saying Morton Thiokol engineer, or if you appreciate pithy references to people like Coach Phil Jackson, physicist-theorist David Bohm, philosopher Ken Wilber, or business leadership prognosticators Warren Bennis and Peter Senge or are just looking for inspiration and suspect that our species is moving out of coercive behaviors for dealing with life's challenges, then this book could be for you.
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As one of the earlier authors to espouse the benefits of 'spirit' in business leadership, Russ Moxley challenges the 'executive-as-leader' model by offering a 'partnership-as-leadership' model. In this two-part book, Moxley first demonstrates how traditional (command-and-control) leadership negates "who we are", both as leaders and as followers. Then, in Part Two, he discusses how both leaders and followers must change in order for organizations to tap into and benefit from spirit - find meaning and purpose in what they do. Leaders must first tap into who they are rather than think about what or how they (leaders) do things. Once self (identity) is found a leader must: tend to the process, participate fully, and refuse to be 'the' leader. Followers must learn to: choose courage, be present, and avoid crowning the bosses.

This is not a how-to book, but a thoughtful discussion that contains nearly as much personal reflections as it does stories of actual leadership situations. It is easy to digest and can be recommended for an evening read by a warm fire, when reflecting is the desire.

Dennis DeWilde, author of
"The Performance Connection
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I keep coming back to this book for my business practice because it touches on important topics and the "white elephants" we don't like to talk about in corporations. The case studies and stories illustrate some alternative ways to think and act at work to bring back the human dimension. It is a book one can take action on to start meaningful conversations that people are hungry for in the workplace.
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