Nature Inspired Leadership Lessons for Today’s World

Leading from the Roots

What you will learn

Underlying design principles found in mature ecological systems in nature and how they can be applied to your organization.

Dynamics found in living systems and how to shift your leadership to lead from a living system perspective.

What nature’s design principles and living system dynamics can teach us about what we need to focus on and let go of in our leadership practices.

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Why Leaders Love Leading From the Roots

“In “Leading from the Roots,” Dr. Kathleen Allen offers insights from the world of nature and ecology that serve as metaphors and templates for sustainable ways in which organizations and their leaders should function so that everyone benefits beyond the bottom line.”

Alan L. Chase

Leading from the Roots… is valuable to leaders recognizing that the “same old, same old” no longer works. It’s valuable to leaders attempting to rethink why and how they operate (and) it’s indispensable to leaders inspired by the norms of nature to do something different and better for themselves, their people, and their organizations.”

Mitchell Friedman, EdD, APR,

Leadership & Communication Skills Trainer, Professor

Leading from the Roots, with its message of organizational leadership inspired and informed by nature’s inherent wisdom, is a very timely and important book.
Embracing and enhancing organizational diversity, resiliency and adaptability have never been more urgent than now.”

Kathleen Sweeney

The Synopsis

The world is experiencing a shift in the primary organizing metaphor from machine to biology. This changes everything. Today we are looking to biology to inform how we think, organize, and lead our organizations. Where we used to see organizations as inert and the people in them as organizational property, today we are beginning to see organizations as living systems, just like nature.

The time has come for nature to become a mentor, model, and muse for the way we understand organizations, and leadership. Nature is a complex, dynamic, open and interdependent system, just like the organizational systems in which we operate. And nature is designed in very different ways. As ecologies evolve in nature, they become more generous because of the enormous diverse mutual relationships that exist to support and share nutrients with each other.

Leading from the Roots uses nature as a source of inspiration to help us see a new way of leading and designing organizations. It applies the generous framework found in mature ecologies to human organizations. It helps us shift our assumptions, practices, structures, and processes to become more resilient and nourishing for all. Leading from the Roots seeks to grow organizational cultures where individuals, the organization and the larger community all thrive. We can choose to consciously design, grow, and lead our organizations so they are more like the generous systems found in nature. And along the way, we will be able to design our way out of workplace dysfunction and drama. Because dysfunction and drama is a function of how we lead and the kind of organizational cultures we create.

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