We lost our way when we forgot that the heart of leadership is in the hearts of leaders’’ (Bolman &. Deal, 1994).

[1]In today’s modern era, expressions like heart, soul and spirituality are considered outdated and have been replaced for modern beliefs such as: consumerism, technology/engineering, and logic and reason. The corporate decision making process have noticeably shifted from a conscious and social focus: to do what is right and avoid what is wrong, to a more profit based direction: to focus on company costs, losses and profits. And whilst our global village advances in technology and science, social and financial dilemmas are increasing day by day. [2]Therefore, many philosophers argue more than ever before the necessity of exercising leadership from the soul, urging leaders to reach beyond the desires of their ego, passed logic and reason and to turn to the serenity and calmness of their inner-self, the soul. [3]Bolman and Deal (1994) note that numerous leaders fail to exercise appropriate leadership in pursuit of adopting various standardized analytic methods to leadership, while assuming that these approaches are capable of dealing with modern deep issues. [4]Furthermore, they argue that in order to solve philosophical questions and deep concerns, leaders must seek to explore ancient wisdom instead of consulting scientific solutions, only then we are able to tackle contemporary dilemmas. [5]Due to modern social values, leaders are increasingly focused on social status, wealth and recognition, while neglecting the comprehension of one’s true self and life’s true purpose and meaning. This sense of lack of understanding is moreover labelled as ‘moral illiteracy’. It can be noted that lack of morality results in the inability of leaders to deal with deep concerns on a human level. Therefore, it is highly recommendable to establish a moral language, allowing both communities and corporations to connect perceptions on leadership to ethical and spiritual concerns. The question remains, how can a leader exercise leadership from the soul? Which approaches are available to re-instill spirituality in today’s work place, without being rejected or miscomprehended?



[1] Bolman, L.G., Deal, T.E. (1994) Spirited Leadership. Leadership Quarterly 5(3/4), 309-312. p.2

[2] Chopra, D.  (2010) The soul of leadership. United States: Harmony Books. p.1

[3] Bolman, L.G., Deal, T.E. (1994) Spirited Leadership. Leadership Quarterly 5(3/4), 309-312. p.3

[4] Bolman, L.G., Deal, T.E. (1994) Spirited Leadership. Leadership Quarterly 5(3/4), 309-312. p.3

[5] Bolman, L.G., Deal, T.E. (1994) Spirited Leadership. Leadership Quarterly 5(3/4), 309-312. p.3