Who Do We Choose to Be?
Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity
This book seeks to restore leadership as a noble profession, offering a path for leaders to engage well and sanely with the destructive dynamics of this time. Deepening the insights in her classic Leadership and the New Science, Wheatley uses two lenses to understand where we are and how we got here: the new science of living systems and the pattern of collapse in complex civilizations. Each of them is powerful on its own; together they offer tremendous explanatory power.
Wheatley begins each section with u201CWhat Science Teachesu201Du2014explaining a specific dynamic common to all living systems. The six dynamics explored in separate sections are time, identity, information, self-organization, perception, and interconnectedness.
Each section has several short essays. In u201CFacing Reality,u201D the two lenses of science and the pattern of collapse are used to describe the causes of many of our most troubling and disturbing personal and social behaviors, especially those of importance to leaders. Subsequent essays are organized under u201CClaiming Leadershipu201D and u201CRestoring Sanity.u201D In these, Wheatley answers the question, In our current reality, what is sane leadership? She uses a combination of commentary, actual practices, quotes, and stories to bring into focus the qualities and actions that support good leadership and create u201Cislands of sanity.u201D
The stories she tells of leaders with whom she's worked are exceptionally diverse: from nuns to military commanders. But these leaders are deeply unified in how they work with people and partner with life. In the concluding chapters, she brings in her current work, calling on us to develop the qualities of compassion, insight, and presence as u201Cwarriors for the human spirit,u201D creating workplaces and communities where people can still be generous, creative, and kind.
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