The Enlightened Leader An Introduction to the Chakras of Leadership

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  • Copyright: 2009-03-02
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The stark cases of 'endarkened' leadership that we have seen in recent years force us to think of fundamental change. But these are merely the alarm bells. It is time now to pay attention to the causes, the underlying assumptions that have for so long remained unquestioned - and to a working alternative. The search is on for a type of leadership that incorporates not just material values, but human values as well. A type of leadership that goes beyond exploitation and personal greed, and that we may justly call 'enlightened'.What would this leadership look like? How is it cultivated - in yourself and in others? And how do you make it work? In The Enlightened Leader corporate culture consultants Peter ten Hoopen and Fons Trompenaaars - whose work for global organisations gives them unique insights into leadership across all cultures - take the scalpel to some deeply engrained, but disreputable management theory. They show the way to healing, with ambition, passion and creativity.To promote the needed awareness, the authors introduce 'The Chakras of Leadership', a model of leadership that differentiates seven levels of human energy use. Inspired by Yoga philosophy, it serves a prism that makes us look at leadership from seven distinct perspectives. The companion Chakra Test at www.chakratest.org profiles the extent to which the seven aspects of leadership are developed, whether positively or negatively. The visualisations give a nuanced overview of your internal energy economy. The ideal is full spectrum energy expenditure, with all levels in harmony and positively directed.The authors' wealth of stories, sharp wit, and self-deprecating humour make The Enlightened Leader a challenging and inspiring read that has the capacity to be life changing.

Author Biography

Peter ten Hoopen is Senior Consultant at Trompenaars Hampden-Turner, one of the world’s leading corporate culture consultancies. Rated in the Top 20 speakers by CSA, Europe’s Leading Speaker Bureau and also highly rated by the All American Talent and Celebrity Network.

Fons Trompenaars is cofounder of Hampden-Turner. Fons is listed regularly as one of the world’s most influential, living, management thinkers.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Authors' Notep. xiii
Enlightenment in Theoryp. 1
A Lofty Notionp. 3
The survival of the happiestp. 5
What is Leadership?p. 7
Definition and size-upp. 7
Leadership and management - related yet fundamentally differentp. 12
Endarkened Leadershipp. 15
Historical contextp. 17
Leave your brain outside and bring your body indoorsp. 19
Double standards in standard curriculump. 21
Warning: don't engage in duplicity if it'll make you sickp. 24
The conscience-free corporationp. 25
Imposition of will - how much of a future?p. 26
What is Followership?p. 29
The leading role of the followerp. 29
The high art of inspiring others to leadp. 31
What is Enlightenment?p. 33
Practical and ideal enlightenmentp. 34
What is Enlightened Leadership?p. 39
Leadership from withinp. 41
How valuable is the corporate personality?p. 42
How to Reach Enlightenmentp. 45
Honesty as a first stepp. 46
The will as aid and obstaclep. 47
Enlightened Leaders Speak Outp. 49
Bill George, ex-CEO Medtronic: Commitment to a purpose or missionp. 49
Dee Hock, founder of Visa International: Induced behaviourp. 50
Robert E. Staub: Love generates more profitsp. 50
Andrew Cohen, spiritual leader: Becoming one with your destinyp. 51
Aviv Shahar, founder of Amber Coaching: A new type of awarenessp. 52
Jim Dreaver, management guru: Being present without agendap. 53
The Chakrasp. 57
The Seven Chakras of Leadershipp. 59
Why chakras?p. 59
Chakras as containers of meaningp. 61
How does this work in practice?p. 63
The chakras and the human phases of developmentp. 64
Chakra Test helps to see your own chakrasp. 65
Root Chakra: Survivalp. 66
The chakra of survivalp. 67
The chakra of our relationship to the material worldp. 69
The one you neglect at your perilp. 69
The root cause of many problemsp. 71
Short term orientation killing long term potentialp. 72
Some fundamental stuffp. 75
Root Chakra dominant: Archetype Bob H. - boom or bustp. 78
Root Chakra disdained: Archetype Edwin D. - the return to dustp. 80
Paradox at the Root Levelp. 84
Sacral Chakra: Relationships, Creativityp. 86
The chakra of connectedness and creationp. 87
A problem-chakra par excellencep. 88
Sexuality - suppression or celebration?p. 91
Feel free to feelp. 93
Do not identify with your feelingsp. 94
Emotionality as chocolate moussep. 95
All great art comes from the gutp. 96
Competing for best cooperationp. 99
What role for relationships?p. 101
Gut feelingp. 103
Creative sparklep. 105
Sacral Chakra wide open: Archetype Francis W. - beloved by allp. 108
Sacral Chakra dominant: Archetype Carlo F. - charming till the gravep. 109
Solar Plexus Chakra: Respect, Willpowerp. 110
The chakra governing manifestation of our willp. 111
Power and how to apply itp. 114
Women's weak spotp. 114
Women's special giftp. 115
Willpower and how to gain respectp. 118
Inner-directed push or outer-directed pullp. 120
An enlightening intermezzop. 121
Imposition versus attractionp. 125
Solar Plexus Chakra never woke up: Archetype William D. - the handicap of comfortp. 126
Solar Plexus Chakra dominant: Archetype Roger T. - willpower masquerading as detachmentp. 128
Heart Chakra: Lovep. 130
The chakra of the heart - in all connotationsp. 132
A force for the goodp. 133
The chakra of insight into human naturep. 134
The chakra of turnaroundp. 137
A private examplep. 140
Leadership with Heart Powerp. 142
Courage and caution, passion and controlp. 145
Heart Power and the lack of itp. 148
Heart Chakra wide open: Archetype Manous D. - maternal love and couragep. 150
Heart Chakra seized up: Archetype John D. - the poverty of cunningp. 152
Throat Chakra: Communicationp. 154
The chakra of a yearning for purityp. 156
The chakra of communication - verbal and non-verbalp. 157
Nexus where inner and outer world meetp. 158
The path of integrityp. 165
A look in the mirrorp. 166
Throat Chakra in clinch: Archetype Agnes W. - strained voice over-usedp. 168
Throat Chakra wide open: Archetype Norbert G. - mission driven voicep. 169
Third Eye Chakra: Insight, Intuitionp. 171
The chakra for contact with the higher selfp. 175
The third eye helps see more dimensionsp. 176
The third eye and the pineal glandp. 177
Intuitive leadership - when to bring into play?p. 178
How to strengthen your intuitionp. 179
Everyone starts enlightenedp. 182
Integration is of the essencep. 186
Egomania galorep. 187
Ego as the destroyer of valuep. 189
Third Eye Chakra shut tight: Archetype Mary Z. - clueless in wonderlandp. 191
Third Eye Chakra wide open: Archetype Herman D. - an eye for coincidencesp. 193
Crown Chakra: Universal Consciousnessp. 196
The chakra of cosmic consciousnessp. 199
Exalted state of being, or cunning pretence?p. 200
Subtle massage in the service of exploitation?p. 205
The chakra that transcends allp. 206
Reconciliation across a wide spectrump. 210
Is there life beyond Maslow?p. 211
Crown Chakra dominant: Archetype Trevor M. - Sanctity Firstp. 213
Crown Chakra blossoming: Archetype Y.H. - the Enlightened Leaderp. 214
Balanced Energy Economyp. 217
How hallowed is the highest?p. 217
Running on All Sevenp. 220
Enlightenment in Practicep. 223
A Higher Reality in Sightp. 225
Liberation from inner tyrannyp. 225
What is wisdom?p. 227
How is wisdom attained?p. 227
The Wisdom of the Sea Urchinp. 231
Clarity is achieved by eliminating distractionsp. 232
Obstacles on society's growth pathp. 236
The Courage to Stand Upp. 239
A desirable shift of focusp. 240
Corporate Social Responsibility - a cosmetic exercise?p. 242
Business as Agent for World Benefitp. 244
The work aheadp. 246
Appendixp. 249
Notesp. 251
Indexp. 263
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