Book Author: Kathleen Allen
Format: PaperbackRating: 5 out of 5 stars (⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐⭐)
In Leading by the Roots, Dr. Kathleen Allen addresses the complexity of leadership and its practices through a unique correlation to nature. During the current season of uncertainty for organizations, which stems from the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe that Allen’s text is a must-read.
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NEW YORK—SEPTEMBER 4, 2018—Morgan James’s new release, Leading from the Roots: Nature-Inspired Leadership Lessons for Today’s World by Dr. Kathleen E. Allen, is a primer for applying the laws of nature to business practices, taking organizations and leaders to higher performance levels and more meaningful missions.
The concepts presented by Dr. Allen in Leading from the Roots map nature’s underlying design and principles across organizational contexts. The author carefully explains how to use nature as a model, mentor and muse to rethink how leadership is practiced today. Leading from the Roots will help any organization find a new way of leading and designing workplace structure by applying the generous framework found in mature ecologies to human organizations.
“As I furthered my study of nature and biomimicry I came to the understanding that organizations are not inert objects as the more traditional mindset would have us believe. They are living systems with the capacity to evolve and learn just as nature has always done,” says Dr. Allen. “I wrote this book in the hope that others too could realize how organizations can become more generous by operating with a living system mindset. After all, the best business leaders understand that the ultimate goal is not just to contribute to the bottom line but to give back to our communities and the world in a meaningful, sustainable way.”
Dr. Allen introduces the “living system mindset” as an alternative to a traditional, top-down leadership paradigm. She helps shift assumptions, practices, structures and processes of organizations to become more resilient and nourishing for everyone, and demonstrates how to apply the laws of nature to business, helping leaders “design” their way out of workplace dysfunction and unnecessary drama.
To begin, Dr. Allen takes readers through the definition of living systems and generous organizations, making a compelling case for the need to shift traditional leadership practices toward those that are healthier for the organization, for the human beings working there, for our communities and for our world. Each chapter within Leading from the Roots delivers an absorbing dive into the laws of nature that help it thrive, from discussions on diversity and self-organization, to the ways in which nature adapts and fits form into function in a successful, thriving ecosystem.
Leading from the Roots demonstrates to the reader how to apply the primary lessons of nature to build stronger leadership skills for the 21st century. Dr. Allen’s gift for storytelling creates a captivating look at how organisms reduce waste and increase efficiencies, and the ways in which creative, forward-thinking leaders and managers can use these concepts. The author clearly provides compelling proof that adopting a new, nature-inspired leadership mindset can create organizations that are more innovative, have greater productivity, and more importantly, help leaders pursue a healthy, sustainable, mission-driven purpose for the entire organization.
About the Author: President of Kathleen Allen and Associates, Dr. Kathleen Allen specializes in leadership coaching and organizational change in human service non-profit organizations, foundations, businesses, health care and collaborative networks. She is a prolific writer and speaker on topics related to leadership, human development, and organizational development. Dr. Allen holds a Doctorate in Leadership from the University of San Diego. For more information visit KathleenAllen.net
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Leading from the Roots: Nature-Inspired Leadership Lessons for Today’s World by Dr. Kathleen E. Allen, will be released by Morgan James Publishing on September 4, 2018. Leading from the Roots—ISBN 978-1683508496—has 204 pages and is being sold as a trade paperback for $19.95.
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