Thursday, May 02, 2013

New Book: Integral Leadership: The Next Half-Step, by John Forman and Laurel Ross

Yesterday's mail brought me another new book from SUNY Press's Series in Integral Theory, edited by Sean Esbjorn-Hargens - Integral Leadership: The Next Half-Step, by John Forman and Laurel Ross.

I look forward to reading this and getting a review posted here.


A groundbreaking book that brings the insights of Integral Theory to business and organizational development.

This groundbreaking book offers leaders a way to determine what theories, models, and tools best meet the needs of their organizations. Authors and organizational consultants John P. Forman and Laurel A. Ross know leaders are awash in business theory, often coming from well-thumbed bestsellers. But how do you match promising theories to real people and circumstances? Using the insights of Integral Theory, particularly Ken Wilber’s AQAL framework, the authors provide a simple yet elegant outline that appreciates and engages a wide range of leadership theories and techniques. Four major leadership styles emerge: the Impulsive, Diplomatic, Achiever, and Pluralistic approaches. The authors describe the presuppositions, characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of each using a variety of real-life examples of individual leaders and organizations. Forman and Ross propose an emerging Integral perspective and suggest integral modes of performance management, change management, and teamwork. Ultimately, the Integral perspective gives leaders the insight and flexibility to use a range of resources to meet organizational needs in a rapidly changing world.

“Integral Leadership is perhaps the best of the plethora of revolutionary books now appearing that apply Integral Theory to business leadership, to provide the first comprehensive approach to leadership consulting and coaching. A must read for anyone in business or anyone interested in leadership in general.” — Ken Wilber, author of The Integral Vision: A Very Short Introduction to the Revolutionary Integral Approach to Life, God, the Universe, and Everything

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1. The Foundations of Perspective
2. The Four-Dimensional Lens
3. Intelligent Performance
4. The Individual Making of Meaning
5. Collective Meaning-Making
6. Integral Meaning-Making: Individual and Collective
7. The Next Half-Step


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