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Leading with Soul: An Uncommon Journey of Spirit, New & Revised Hardcover – April 15, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0787955472 ISBN-10: 0787955477 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: J-B US non-Franchise Leadership (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 2 edition (April 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787955477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787955472
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Quasi-religiosity drives this sanctimonious parable on leadership by the coauthors of Reframing Organizations. This is the scenario: Steve, an executive, makes several visits to his spiritual guide, Maria, who instructs him that spirit and soul are the essence of leadership. As we follow his path to enlightenment, we learn that during Steve's trip to Singapore to visit his firm's newest acquisition, a factory worker hugged him. Maria praises him: "Love worked for you." But Steve receives no hugs in the Topeka branch, and this troubles him and Maria (the reader wonders if perhaps their labor union protected these American workers from having to grovel before the boss). During other sessions, Steve tells Maria about his fiancee, who insists he go to church every other Sunday; on one occasion, pupil and spiritual guide simply sit by a stream and watch a leaf float by. 25,000 first printing.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Cast as a series of dialogs between master and student, this text traces the spiritual growth and development of Steve Camden. At the beginning of his journey, Camden is the stereotypical business leader who thinks and acts without knowing himself in his thinking and acting. Through a number of encounters, Maria, Camden's spiritual teacher, asks him to begin the search for his soul by looking at the little things around him he often neglects. Camden slowly realizes that the absence of soul causes his leadership to be hollow and ineffectual, and he thus recovers the ability to engage in soulful leadership. Unfortunately, there's not much here that can't also be found in Peck, Moore, and others. Not recommended.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It is a gentle book, very fast to read and very slow to digest.
Naomi Moneypenny
That's right another annoying, fluffy, self-help book that appears, on the surface level, to contain deep insights but is really lacking in sustenance.
KD
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who would feel they could benefit from this form of reading.
C. Wimmer

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Craig Rossiter on January 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have had the opportunity to read a number of books for managers and leaders. This is the first that I was unable to put down. The majority of the text is conversations between two fictional characters, Steve a high ranking leader in a multi-national company, and Maria, his spiritual guide. Steve has lost touch with his heart, and reluctantly goes to Maria at the urging of his boss, the company founder and CEO. The relationship that develops is nothing short of wonderful. I laughed and cried with Steve and Maria, and I learned more about myself in this easy read than in hours of leadership training and seminars. I highly recommnend this readable text.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Moneypenny on June 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Well, this is a management book, but not in the usual vein. It is very hard for this reviewer to know what to tell others about it since for some it will be inspirational and for others garbage. It is a gentle book, very fast to read and very slow to digest. It is a contemporary parable of a business leader Steve, who although 'successful' in many materialistic ways is unfulfilled with his life. It seems that material accomplishments are not enough, and he struggles with a sense of purpose in himself and to instill it in others. Maria is his spiritual guide and most of the book tells their conversations over a long period of time. It is quasi-religious but interesting in the sense that we have all had a moment when we look internally and ask what am I doing or why am I here.
It is not a book to read if you are highly cynical about 'softer' concepts and do not like to think about what motivates people who work with you to achieve higher things. This is the type of book that you either love or hate, it either changes your life or inspires sneers. Beautifully written and full of powerful quotes that are interweaved like silent mines from writers such as Rumi and Ernest Becker.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Josephine on February 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Bolman and Deal walk away from the academic view of leadership and its trappings and tell a story of a person's journey to find his inner spirit. In doing so, he finds understanding of the basic elements of being an excellent leader who inspries people and takes the organization on a path to find success. The book is an easy read, written in a narrative, novel-type style that provides a refreshing look at what people can become.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read this book for a class. It was absolutely incredible! I read the book in two sittings. It mixes a great story (told in a storytelling fashion) and thoughtful text. Even though the book is an easy read, the book stimulates thoughtful reflection. A must read for any leader. In fact I bought two for leaders that have inspired me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevin D. Mills on April 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The leadership of America and other countries could use this book! The common theme in leadership today usually rests upon talent, skill and motivation, whereas this book's authors look at the "spirit". I found it to be one of the best books I have read in the area of leadership.
The story centers around a manager who seeks out a mentor as his spiritual guide. The real crux here is to seek. I think many leaders rely to heavily upon themselves and do want to seek help from anyone, especially soul help.
One of the key elements in this book is that each reader could percieve differnt lessons and take on their own meaning, which I think is a great lesson in leadership. The book requires the reader to soak in the information and even gives the reader an opportunity to practice what they have read.
On the personal level, I believe that leaders need to soul search and model the behavior in the workplace. Coming from the educational perspective, this is true as far as values and morals are taught. A leader needs to be in touch with themselves if they are to lead others.
In the story, Steve finds Maria and is challenged to look within, which is fearful to him, as it is to most of us. The key is to not avoid our own pain. If we do, we tend to avoid feelings that come out sideways, and this is very dangerous as a human being and as a leader. When we can look inside at ourselves and find a sense of peace, we have more energy, and can be more producticve as leaders. In addition, the "burnout" rate will be much less in all levels of leadership.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michele Molina on August 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've recently completed a graduate program in administration, and am beginning work on another degree utilizing leadership and management that includes this book as a required reading. I have to say I was pretty skeptical of it's value for the first few pages, but suddenly I found myself 3/4 of the way through and starving for more. I highly recommend this book to anyone that has ever managed people and wondered if any amount of money could possibly justify the aggravation, dissolutionment, and/or waning excitement of it all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Wimmer on April 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who would feel they could benefit from this form of reading. I feel that you need an open mind to this idea of leadership. It is the untraditional form of thinking for leaders and educators alike. The story of Steve Camden and Maria are thought provoking and the interludes get the thoughts going. If you do not fear change or are looking for a deeper sense of self this book gives you the parable to study leadership in a wide range of concepts from the worlds of philosophy, spirituality, and poetry.
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