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Smart Leadership – Wise Leadership
Environments of Value in an Emerging Future

ISBN 9780415788915
Published June 20, 2017 by Routledge
192 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

There is a strong link between organisational culture and profit after all a happy workforce is a productive workforce. Yet a culture of inertia rather than innovation prevails in many organisations. Wise leaders, however, know how to work with the grain of human value and worth, harnessing it, so as to add shared value both for the organisation and for the good of society. So, how can astute leaders set the right conditions for creativity and cultivate non-economic goods, such as time and relationships, that make for a happy, effective workforce? The author proposes the notion of organisational culture as ’environments of value’ wherein inner value translated into external value is embedded within the triple bottom line and indeed an awareness of how an organisation is like a force field: it exercises power and leaves a footprint. This construct informs the emerging concept of Shared Value as requiring five literacies about: ¢ Shareholder value and return for risk ¢ Value for the social environment linked to respect for the natural environment ¢ Inner value of those in the enterprise, which, when unlocked, releases energies and adds value ¢ Nurture of non-quantifiable qualities that promote human flourishing ¢ Understandings of how power relations distort the way organisations operate He clearly signposts the link between promoting an environment of value within which these literacies flourish and the added value for the organisation arising from such a culture.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Smart leadership: leading from the emerging future

Chapter Two: Re-conceiving strategy

Chapter Three: Eating strategy for breakfast

Chapter Four: The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the human dimension

Chapter Five: A crucial equation: the creation and conversion of shared value

Chapter Six: Three ingredients of a valuing environment – a construct

Chapter Seven: Applying the construct: how smart leaders can lift the LID on your organisation

Chapter Eight: Communities with a purpose: significance with belonging

Chapter Nine: Environments of value, systems and the organisations of the future

Chapter Ten: The future leadership garden

Chapter Eleven: Listen to the music (and help change the song): wise leaders and transformative change

Chapter Twelve: Leadership with spirit: wisdom and the black box of power

Postscript Motivation and human value theory: Maslow revisited


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Dr Christopher Steed FRSA – writer, management consultant, counsellor, educator, research fellow at Southampton University. Chris contributes papers to conferences across multi-disciplinary boundaries on subjects he has taught. He holds an MSc in social theory and international relations, a PhD in theology and a doctorate in social sciences. A member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Chris has a private practice in Totton, Southampton, where he works for the Church of England developing a community hub for social innovation, support services and active listening.

Chris asks what the leadership and organisations of the future will look like in a digital era. What kind of ‘wise leadership’, as contrasted with ‘smart’ (technocratic) leadership, will be needed as business learns to function in a different way.