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A call for mindful leadership

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 20 May 2010



A call for mindful leadership
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 119
Posted DateThursday 20 May 2010 14:14 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://blogs.hbr.org/imagining-the-future-of-leadership/2010 ... 
http://www.ellenlanger.com ... 
PeopleEllen J. Langer

I have long been a fan of Ellen Langer and reviewed her book The Power Of Mindful Learning in my August 2000 knowledge letter. And more recently I wrote a little about her most recent book Counterclockwise.

But here is a recent article of hers A Call for Mindful Leadership. This is how she summarises:
In sum, there is no best way to do anything independent of context, so the leader cannot have privileged information. When leaders keep everyone in their place with the illusion of knowability and possession of this privileged knowledge the benefit to them is that we "obey" and leaders feel superior. The cost is that they create lemmings. Their mindlessness promotes our own mindlessness which costs us our well being and health. Net result, the leader, the led, and the company all lose.

Credit: Ellen Langer
This is all about knowledge management! We all need to be more mindful. Take a look at Ellen's two books that I reference above and you will start to see the importance of message!

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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