Perspectives on Leadership: From the Science of Management to Its Spiritual Heart

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
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In tracing the intellectual roots of business leadership over the last one hundred years, award winning author Gilbert W. Fairholm argues that until recently, spirit and soul have been absent from the major models. After outlining the elements of the five major ideas about leadership, he goes on to define and make operational a new focus that must exist in order to truly understand the leaders' role in relation to workers.

The study begins with scientific management and traces the evolution of leadership ideas through the quality movement, on to values-, culture-, and trust-based leadership models, and concluding with an emphasis on spirit in the workplace. It suggests that the leader in the twenty-first century will need to embrace a leadership style based on the main premise of each model along with a focus on ethics, community, service, and spirituality.


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Page 156 - ... metanoic." Metanoia is a Greek word meaning fundamental change in the way one thinks about life. A metanoic organization is one that has undergone a fundamental shift of orientation from the individual and collective belief that people must cope with life and, in the extreme, are helpless and powerless, to the conviction that they are individually and collectively empowered to create their future and shape their destiny. In a metanoic organization people help to create the collective vision,...
Page 12 - He then identified fourteen (14) general principles or guideposts for managing: division of work, authority and responsibility, discipline, unity of command, unity of direction, subordination of individual interest to the general interest, remuneration of personnel, centralization, scalar chain, order, equity, stability of tenure of personnel, initiative, and esprit de corps.

About the author (2000)

GILBERT W. FAIRHOLM is Emeritus Professor, Graduate Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, Adjunct Associate Professor of Leadership at the University of Richmond, and Visiting Professor at Hampden-Sydney College. In addition to his academic appointments, he has over twenty years of management experience in state and local government. His previous award winning books include Capturing the Heart of Leadership (1997) and Leadership and the Culture of Trust (1994) published by Praeger Publishers.

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