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May 08, 2007


Ken Homer

Hi Steve,

As I am involved with the design and delivery of a course on Evolutionary Leadership, I googled "what is leadership" and then picked a few definitions that I thought would outline the concept for our audience. Below are six definitions with the source URLs attached. While none is completely aligned with your depiction of Integral Leadership, I think the last two in particular are pointing toward it.

Influencing and directing the performance of group members towards the achievement of organizational goals.

In the Greek is actually ”one who provides leadership in giving aid". These go first and lead by example, so that others are motivated to follow.

Is ‘the lifting of people’s vision to a higher sight, the raising of their performance to a higher standard, the building of their personality beyond its normal limitations’ (Drucker, 1985).

The ability to influence group members so as to help achieve the goals of the group.

Leadership is shifting from position to knowledge.

Leadership is an interactive conversation that pulls people toward becoming comfortable with the language of personal responsibility and commitment.



Thanks for adding this. I found these definitions of leadership interesting. In a way, they each point to something important about leadership.

The funny thing - to me anyway - about these definitions and many others that I see is that they describe something about leadership but don't really offer anything that would help you be a leader and take leadership actions.

In a sense, this is one of the aims of my articulation of integral leadership ... that the articulation distinguishes leadership in a way that helps you generate leadership. That being said, I'm not sure if I'm succeeding in this.

The idea is that authenticity, responsiveness, offers, and marshalling resources (or as I know prefer to say developing and mobilizing capacities) are all practices that generate a leading way of being. Each is a kind of call to action - leadership action. For sure there is much more to leadership than just these four practices.

Thanks again for adding your voice (and other voices) to this conversation.

Take care,


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