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Welcome

Welcome to Learning to Lead with Love.

Why this name: Learning to Lead with Love?

Lets start at the back and work forward:

Love

To quote Richard Rohr* on love:

The underlying reality is love. Teilhard de Chardin says that “love is the very physical structure of the universe.” Everything is desiring union with everything in one sense or another. I actually believe that what it means to know and trust God is to trust that Love is the source, heart, engine, and goal of life. Love is where we came from. And love is where we are going. 

So this is not some idealized, romantic sense of love, but love as described by the mystics: unitive consciousness.

Lead

Lead has many meanings. I'm using two and you can take your pick or use both.

  • When we play cards we may lead with trump, so lead means opening, or beginning.
  • Or we may take the lead, as in leading a hike, or leading a group of people.

Either way, we lead with love.

Learn

And Learning... well we're born completely ego-centric. Moving from ego-centric to something bigger (unitive consciousness) is learned. Some people seem to have an easier time of it, but to whatever extent we are able to love, we have to learn how.

This blog is about that journey, written from the perspective of an organizational leader, about organizational leaders.

Why does this matter?

In his book Reinventing Organizations, Frederic Laloux describes the emergence of Teal organizations in 21st century society.  Teal organizations are rapidly evolving in society. They are characterized by self-management structures, wholeness, and mission on part of a greater good.

Laloux makes the case that Teal organizations are desperately needed to solve society's pressing problems. He also argues that the single most important enabler of Teal organizations is that their leaders must be operating at least at a Teal level.

If this is true, then the world needs more Teal leaders. The world desperately needs individuals who operate from a post-conventional, unitive stage of consciousness.

When I began this project, I believed that “Getting to Teal” was, by definition, a spiritual journey. In fact, it may not be. And while Laloux defines in great detail the nature of the Teal organization, he says almost nothing about spirituality of the leaders of those organizations.

My original project was to invite 3-5 Teal leaders to tell the stories of their spiritual journeys, and explore the relationship of their evolution of their leadership and their personal spirituality. My hope was that leaders who are captivated by the vision of the Teal organization will have some guide posts – the back stories – of the leaders who have gone before.

After tilting that windmill for a couple of months, I decided that I couldn't write about other person's spiritual journey if I wasn't willing to tell my own. You can read more about that decision here.

Site organization

This site is a WordPress blog. I'm organizing key the content under four main headings:

  • The Blog is my attempt to relate my personal spiritual and leadership journey.
  • Research Notes are my notes from my readings of important books, articles, and web sites.
  • Inspiration is a collection of quotes and notes from other writers that remind me why I'm doing this.
  • Bibliography is, well, a bibliography.
  • About gives you more of my background, and the background of this project.