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5.0 out of 5 stars Collective wisdom on the leading edge of leadership discourse, December 14, 2012
This review is from: The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-First Century (Paperback)
Dr. Paris's review resonates with my own response to The Transforming Leader. There's been an ever-growing body of scholarly literature on transformational leadership over the last 20 years or so. This collection of essays edited by Carol S. Pearson demonstrates the maturity of transformational leadership and goes one step beyond, into the territory of what some have dubbed 'transcendental' leadership. It answers to the critique that the transformational movement has suffered for wont of attention to the spiritual perspective or deep inner life of leaders. Chapter 7, 'The New Basics: Inner Work for Adaptive Challenges', by Katherine Tyler-Scott and Chapter 10, 'Leadership as a Spiritual Practice', by Matthew Fox, and Chapter 14, 'Deep Dialogue', by Alan Briskin, as well as a few other essays rise to the occasion of pressing towards a more deeply integrated, holistic view of leadership.

This book breaks away from the mainstream of leadership books written in solitary confinement by singularities, this hero or that celebrity leader. I'd venture that the sum of individual contributions in The Transformational Leader is greater than its part. The 18 essays written by more than a couple of dozen academics literally walks the walk of collaborative or facilitative leadership, exemplifying a high standard impossible to meet by any lone wolf leadership guru.

Appendix A, 'Application Exercises' should answer to the moans of readers anticipating a dry, theory-bloated,tome without tools. The exercises address the strategic and pragmatic application of the concepts and principles described in the essays.

Reading this book has been instructive, enjoyable, and penetrating. I'm looking forward to experimenting with some of the exercises at my own workplace.
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