Personal and Organisational Learning
“Leadership is embedded in relationship”
The ‘holistic leadership’ approach enables individuals and organisations to explore the many facets of leadership - from personal development and self-awareness, to working with others, to wider issues of social responsibility using the Holistic Development Model created by Dr. Marjo Lips- Wiersma (www.holisticdevelopment.org.nz).
The blind spot in leadership is not in what we know - not in what leaders do and how they do it –but the who, who we are, and the inner place or source from where we operate, both individually and collectively, and the processes through which we translate that inner action into the world.
“The search for
morals and meaning at work, as
well as the desire to experience the peace and purpose of the sacred in
stressful world of business, are ‘inner truths’,
alive in the hearts of
millions of people. These
realities profoundly influence people’s behaviour –
like the choice to invest
in a corporation that embraces higher social,environmental and ethical standards than its
The holistic development model aids inner reflection – it addresses deeper questions such as:
the curse of our age…a
primary spiritual problem. The
need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted
but for deep people.”
Whilst underpinned with robust academic theory, the model is deceptively simple and practical. It offers a balanced, and experiential approach, to engaging with the challenging questions and issues of our times – in society, in organisations and in ourselves.
Organisational leaders are accountable to ensure their organisations are genuinely effective. Effectiveness in every sphere of life results from the quality of relationships. Because of the potential benefits of workplace spirituality, a key question for 21stcentury business leaders is to ask ‘how can we empower employees to envision and implement more spiritual values into the workplace?’
The holistic development model provides a comprehensive approach to addressing this question. It can be used in a variety of settings and supports genuine transformational change:
occurs as the result of a
change in perception or a change of heart”