Spirit for Greatness: Spiritual Dimensions of Organizations and Their Leadership

 
9781568889221: Spirit for Greatness: Spiritual Dimensions of Organizations and Their Leadership

How can strong people become stronger? How can good organizations achieve excellence? C. Stephen Byrum, Ph.D., organizational and leadership consultant, and Leland Kaiser, Ph.D., healthcare futurist, share their guidelines in Spirit for Greatness. The book is organized around Memorial Hermann"s core values of Vision, Ethics, Trust, and Spirituality, which are universally applicable to other organizations. These principles are gleaned from the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System"s "Spiritual Leadership Institute," initiated in 1997. The authors begin with the premise that ethical conduct, defined as right action even when no one is watching, is essential for transformational leadership. Adhering to this principle, it is imperative for organizations to encourage the spiritual growth and moral tone of all staff members, while preserving their religious autonomy, in order to implement the vision of such powerful leadership. Byrum illustrates this point with the story of a married supervisor who, despite professing "Bible belt" religious traditions, openly carried on an extramarital affair with a female co-worker. His actions not only led to gossip but undermined the productivity and quality of the whole work environment. Other workers believed if the boss could ignore the rules they could also. Their loss of respect for him translated into reduced work performance and overall poor morale. Conversely, organizations built on mutual confidence, respect, and trust are strong. These foster authentic listening which leads to genuine consensus, but only when rooted in true integrity and accountability. A strong organization fosters what the authors call a good place, which compensates, potentiates, facilitates, provides opportunities, and rewards those who work there.

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