The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-First Century, Dr. Carol S. Pearson’s new book, has been published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers. An edited collection of essays by leading scholars, experts, and practicing leaders, with extensive introductory, transitional, and other material by Dr. Pearson, the book outlines a new leadership approach tailored to the realities of the present time. It reframes the challenge of leading in today’s interdependent, unpredictable world, and argues that if we update our thinking, enhance the quality of our being, deepen our sense of relatedness with the ecology of our natural and social worlds, and practice transformational communication, we can lead with greater effectiveness and foresight.
Dr. Pearson served as editor of the volume and provided a general introduction, introductions to each of its three sections, contextual bridges between each of the essays, and the conclusion. Among the contributors were Alan Briskin, Betty Sue Flowers, Matthew Fox, Katharine Tyler Scott, Stephen Aizenstat, Diana Whitney, Jeremy Taylor, Susan Szpakowski, and Jonathan Reams. The book also includes exercises for applying its lessons, an extensive listing of additional resources, including organizations, foundational theory sets, leadership and personal development instruments, and communities of practice, plus a bibliography of other useful publications.
The Transforming Leader grew out of a three-year Leadership for Transformation project sponsored by the Fetzer Institute and led by Dr. Pearson.
To order the book, go to The Transforming Leader page on the Berrett-Koehler website.