Leading from the RootsNature Inspired Leadership Lessons for Today’s World
Leading from the Roots is the paradigm for leadership in the 21st century.
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In an era of sound bites, top ten lists and “pointers” on leadership, Dr. Allen has made it her life’s work to understand the “why” behind great leadership practices. This perspective gives us the context necessary to understand organizational behavior on a whole new level. “Leading from the Roots” is not about the quick fix, it is about making us think holistically about organizations through the lens of the most successful system there has ever been, nature. By analyzing the natural world and applying its lessons to the complex landscape of organizations, Dr. Allen has broken the code on why different leadership techniques work and how they come together to create great results. A must-read for any enlightened leader.Brian Myres
Living Systems Organizations
Leading from the Roots is the paradigm for leadership in the 21st century. Instead of looking for quick fixes, this book takes a holistic approach to organizations through the lens of nature. What would change if you thought about your organization as a living system?
- Instead of top down organizational chart with fewer people at the top, think of your organizational chart as a tree. The tree is anchored through the soil, sun and rain as part of the larger environment, not separate from it. Front line staff are the leaves and play a critical role in converting energy from the sun into life-giving resource.
- Job descriptions typical list duties and responsibilities that the position needs to perform. Mechanistic organizations are all about the parts. With a living system, it’s about the whole and how people connect to others and the external environment. Job duties focus on outcomes instead of duties.
- A living organization is in constant change. Instead of driving change down the hierarchy, leaders would use information and feedback to unleash adaptation to changing conditions.
Leading from the Roots
Nature Inspired Leadership Lessons for Today’s World
This book firmly anchors leadership in the soil of nature. It’s a foundational leadership framework that challenges our 20th century views that leadership concepts can be universally applied to all contexts. Instead of using a machine metaphor to affix leadership thought and practice, Leading from the Roots uses nature. We are living in a time of volatile, complex, and dynamic uncertainty. It is time for us to learn the lessons that nature has complied from 3.8 billion years of research and development. Nature is an interdependent, complex, dynamic and living system – just like our organizations and communities are. This book uses nature as a model, mentor, and muse to help us rethink how we practice leadership. Leading from the Roots is the paradigm for leadership in the 21st century.
Meet Dr. Kathleen Allen
Dr. Kathleen Allen is President of her own consulting firm, Kathleen Allen and Associates. She has been working in organizations for over 22 years and consulting with organizations and leaders for over 18 years. In her consulting practice, she specializes in leadership coaching and organizational change in non-profit organizations, foundations, small to mid-sized businesses, community development, health care, higher educational institutions, and collaborative networks.
Dr. Allen has written and presented widely on topics related to leadership, human development, and organizational development. She has co-authored (with Dr. Cynthia Cherrey) Systemic Leadership: Enriching the Meaning of Our Work, has written many articles, and contributed to a variety of monographs and books over the years. She’s authored a book titled Leading from the Roots: Nature Inspired Leadership Lessons for Today’s World that will be released September 4th, 2018.
Systems are filled with connections and so are living organizations. Over time, these connections create ties and relationships to each other. The loss of one asset impacts the whole fabric of a community and this impact keeps unfolding in both predictable and unpredictable ways.read more
One lesson we can learn from nature is that living organizations are always in movement. They aren’t static or in an inert state. Driving change assumes that organizations are inert. What happens if we approach our next change initiative as if we are growing change instead of driving it? Learn more.read more
Our ability to hold onto things is a powerful reason to back away from change. I think there is an underutilized strategy that can be a powerful way to accelerate change – learning to let go of what we are holding onto, so we have space to go somewhere different.read more
If you are a leader and want to deepen your impact, read this book and hire her as a personal coach! My coaching relationship with Kathy has expanded my worldview and has enriched my leadership practice.Caren Dewar