Leading with mind, heart, body and spirit

Leading with mind, heart, body and spirit Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to consider the nature of leadership in the current context where the crisis in global capitalism seems to be encouraging a mechanistic approach to the management of healthcare. The paper urges an holistic leadership ethos to encourage an holistic approach to care and treatment. Design/methodology/approach – The paper utilises an extensive overview of the leadership literature, and also used practical examples of care and leadership practice. Findings – Care and capability need to be partners, but concern has been expressed at all levels of society that a reductionist model is being implemented in many caring professions. Practical implications – The implications for leadership are that one of the most vital current requirements is to encourage a spirit‐filled leadership at all levels in the organisations that provide care. Originality/value – The paper addresses the issue that leadership can never be a purely intellectual or emotional activity, it must combine all aspects of the person in an holistic approach. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The International Journal of Leadership in Public Services Emerald Publishing

Leading with mind, heart, body and spirit

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1747-9886
DOI
10.1108/IJLPS-05-2013-0013
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to consider the nature of leadership in the current context where the crisis in global capitalism seems to be encouraging a mechanistic approach to the management of healthcare. The paper urges an holistic leadership ethos to encourage an holistic approach to care and treatment. Design/methodology/approach – The paper utilises an extensive overview of the leadership literature, and also used practical examples of care and leadership practice. Findings – Care and capability need to be partners, but concern has been expressed at all levels of society that a reductionist model is being implemented in many caring professions. Practical implications – The implications for leadership are that one of the most vital current requirements is to encourage a spirit‐filled leadership at all levels in the organisations that provide care. Originality/value – The paper addresses the issue that leadership can never be a purely intellectual or emotional activity, it must combine all aspects of the person in an holistic approach.

Journal

The International Journal of Leadership in Public ServicesEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 15, 2013

Keywords: Leadership; Competence; People; Self‐awareness; Spirit

References

  • What leaders really do
    Kotter, J.P.
  • Searching for spirituality in all the wrong places
    Pava, M.

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