Aspiring to Leadership that matters
A Leadership Insight Journal by Nancy J. Adler
To be truly radical is to make hope possible
- Lovins, 2007
What do managers need to do to strengthen their capacity to lead wisely and creatively in the twenty-first century? How can executives best envision and implement initiatives that matter? Building on Confucius’ wisdom and Gardner’s research, along with the yearnings and experience of hundreds of managers from around the world, it is clear that today’s leaders need to:
- reflect – to return to the quiet and contemplation it takes to be wise;
- gain perspective – to acquire the courage needed to see reality as it actually is, rather than denying reality or continuing to rely on illusions perpetuated by colleagues, the media, and the broader culture;
- aspire to exceptionally exciting possibilities – to envision extraordinary possibilities by drawing on the depths of their own and others’ hopes, aspirations, and creativity; and
- inspire others – to inspire people to move beyond current reality back to possibility.
Based on these four fundamental leadership capacities and drawing from a range of artistic traditions, we created a journal that can be of significant practical value and serve as a prototype for other journals. Our Leadership Insight journal supports managers’ and their companies’ capacity to craft and implement strategies that produce outstanding financial results by making a positive difference in the world. Combining paintings, insights from world leaders, reflective questions, and most importantly, blank pages, the journal is designed to draw managers away from their often frenzied lives and to return them into a deeper dialectic with their influence, and potential influence, on the world. By reintroducing a daily practice of reflection, the journal offers leaders the quiet and contemplation it takes to be wise.
Professor Nancy J. Adler’s Leadership Insight Journal has received praise from some of the world’s most prominent management professors and business leaders. To read a review of the journal by Michelle Buck, Director of Leadership Initiatives at the Kellogg School, click here.
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