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Leadership and Spirit: Breathing New Vitality and Energy into Individuals and Organizations

ISBN: 978-0-7879-0949-9
256 pages
November 1999, Jossey-Bass
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Learn how you can harness your inner spirit to help yourself and those around you approach work with a renewed sense of purpose and satisfaction. In this book, Moxley shows how spirit can spawn a more vital and vibrant kind of leadership-one that, in turn, promotes the creativity, vitality, and well-being of others. Here, Moxley examines various leadership practices: those that elevate people's spirits and those that cause the spirit to wither and wane. He offers specific suggestions on what each of us can do to reach a new level of awareness regarding leadership. And he demonstrates how a spirited leadership that values rituals, celebrations, and employee input creates a totally engaged workforce; one that brings the whole person-mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual-to work.
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Table of Contents

Preface: A Story about this Book.

The Authors.


Weaving Together Leadership and Spirit.

Understanding and Experiencing Spirit.

Leadership That Constrains Spirit.

An Inspiriting Alternative: Partnership.


Who Are We to Be?

Developing Our Inner Life.

What Are We to Do?

Fostering Community.

Epilogue: Rewriting the End of Our Story.


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Author Information

RUSS S. MOXLEY is a senior fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. Over the past thirty years, he has been an executive coach, a trainer/facilitator in a variety of management and leadership development programs, an OD practitioner, a writer and editor, and a senior-level manager in two different organizations. He received his masters degree in theology from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
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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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