Leading with Soul: An Uncommon Journey of Spirit,Revised 3rd Edition
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A new edition of the bestselling book on finding one's personal path to leadership

Leading with Soul has inspired thousands of readers since its publication more than a decade ago. Far ahead of its time, the book illuminated the deeply personal journey to leadership. Now, in this new and revised edition, the authors update a timeless spiritual message in the light of the turmoil of recent years? including recession, the spread of global terrorism, and ethics scandals? as well as new insights from the literature of spirituality and work.

  • Bolman and Deal are the co-authors of the bestselling book Reframing Organizations, now in its 4th edition
  • Explores in greater depth the concepts of love, power, and significance as relates to leadership

This completely revised story of an executive and his quest for deeper meaning continues to point the way to a more fulfilling work experience.


LEE G. BOLMAN holds the Marion Bloch/Missouri Chair in Leadership at the Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

TERRENCE E. DEAL is the former Irving R.Melbo Professor of Education at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education and coauthor of sixteen books.



In Search of Soul and Spirit 3

The Search

1. The Heart of Leadership Lives in the Hearts of Leaders 15

2. The Human Heart Is More Than a Pump 25

3. The Journey of a Soul 29

4. Discovering New Teachers 33

INTERLUDE 1: Reclaiming Your Soul 39


5. A Place to Start 53

6. Vicissitudes of the Journey 59

INTERLUDE 2: Leaning Into Your Fear: The Courage of Conviction 65


7. Gifts of Leadership 75

8. Authorship 83

9. Love 89

10. Power 97

11. Signifi cance 103

12. Corporate Community 111

INTERLUDE 3: Community and the Cycle of Giving 121


13. Summoning the Magic of Stories 147

14. Lifting Our Voices in Song 155

15. Celebrating Shared Icons 163

INTERLUDE 4: Expressing the Spirit 169

A New Life

16. The Twilight of Leadership 179

17. Deep Refuge 187

INTERLUDE 5: The Cycle of the Spirit 191

18. The Legacy 203


Soul at Work 209

Continuing a Spirited Dialogue 237

Notes 267

Recommended Readings 277

Acknowledgments 283

The Authors 289

Write to the Authors 291