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What role does spirituality play in leadership? It makes the leader whole and fill the hole in the whole of the organization
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An Unexpected Act of Kindness From an Industry That Doesn't Care

An Unexpected Act of Kindness From an Industry That Doesn't Care | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
If you think airlines stopped caring about everyone but their elite-level "high value" passengers long ago, you'll want to hear Dick and Zoe Hannah's heartwarming story that — I've

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Southwest is an example of servant-leadership.

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John Michel's curator insight, July 20, 2013 2:14 PM

An amazing example of an organization living out its commitment to extmil mile service. Bravo Southwest! 

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 20, 2013 4:35 PM

Ditto!  I wish they would fly where I live!

Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's comment, July 30, 2013 8:18 AM
Ivon, thank you sharing this article! A company that puts their customers first, shows how important they are, listens, and with heart gives that little extra.
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Tranquility Quotes To Inspire Your Visit To HuffPost's Oasis

Tranquility Quotes To Inspire Your Visit To HuffPost's Oasis | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Peace, calm and serenity: three components of The Huffington Post's Oasis that make it the tranquil space it is. Attendees have been seen napping, practicing yoga and clearing their heads.

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I liked this. We need more oases for peace, calm and serenity

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Empathy: The Missing Link to Solving the World's Most Pressing Problems

Empathy: The Missing Link to Solving the World's Most Pressing Problems | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

But never has empathy been so important. We live in an unprecedented era of accelerated and unpredictable change. I completely agree with Rifkin that "the empathic evolution of the human race and the profound ways it has shaped our development... will likely decide our fate as a species."

 

I wonder whether I can single out the development of empathy as the most important issue that underscores all other issues in the World Economic Forum's Survey on the Global Agenda? I would love to hear global leaders discuss that topic! And now, how to reframe my assignment to my Columbia MBAs?

Pamela Hartigan

Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saїd Business School, University of Oxford


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Empathy is important. It begins at home and ripples from there.

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, July 11, 2013 1:47 PM

Underestimated.

ThinDifference's curator insight, July 12, 2013 9:25 AM

"Empathy conjures up active engagement -- the willingness of an observer to become part of another's experience, to share the feeling of that experience."

God Is.'s curator insight, July 13, 2013 11:16 AM

What would Jesus do?

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Five Ways Leaders Help Others Belong, Not Just Fit In

Five Ways Leaders Help Others Belong, Not Just Fit In | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
There's a big difference between fitting in and belonging. In fact, fitting in can be one of the biggest barriers to belonging, says researcher and author Brené Brown. Fitting in is about assessing...

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Brene Brown is a wonderful author and this article uses some of her thinking.

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8 Things Really Successful People Do

8 Things Really Successful People Do | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Real success takes discipline and methodology. Here are eight things the most successful people are meticulous about getting right.
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The two about spirituality and ethics stand out. Without them, leadership is not leadership. It is management.

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Leadership Skills: Forgiveness and Feedback - aboutleaders.com

Leadership Skills: Forgiveness and Feedback - aboutleaders.com | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

The costly conflict that assumptions can lead to when we don’t have the courage and leadership skills to verify those assumptions or provide honoring feedback to others. 


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Connects to servant-leadership and Jungian pyschology.

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John Michel's curator insight, July 8, 2013 12:11 PM

order to forgive someone that has done us wrong, we must consider essential aspects of that person that are invisible to us unless we obtain a heart at peace.  This will enable us to see the other person with our heart and help us rise above the action that has hurt us.   I know this is not easy, but leadership seldom is. 

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 8, 2013 12:24 PM

"In order to forgive someone that has done us wrong, we must consider essential aspects of that person that are invisible to us unless we obtain a heart at peace.  This will enable us to see the other person with our heart and help us rise above the action that has hurt us.   I know this is not easy, but leadership seldom is."

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, July 9, 2013 12:20 PM

Do you forgive?

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The Sense of Play

The Sense of Play | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

The sense of play is a sense in every sense of the word. It is a sense, like sight is a sense, like hearing, like touch. If we tried to make a list of all the things we play and play with, the list...


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This is an interesting site worth following which is what I have done.

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15 Ways to Stay Human. ~ Jennifer White & Bryonie Wise

15 Ways to Stay Human. ~ Jennifer White & Bryonie Wise | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
It often seems that many people out there have forgotten what a huge impact small acts of kindness have.
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Some good ideas were included.

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Some might think that curriculum is sacred

Some might think that curriculum is sacred | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings July 6, 2013 Some might think that curriculum is sacred I took a couple of days hiatus last week due to getting back to graduate school and trying to dodge raindrops doing yard work ...
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A great post which ties into some ideas about the world we live in. Is curriculum important today? Or is it the skills, habits, atttudes, and practices of being a leaner that mean more? I think the latter.

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Listening to Your Ego, or Your True Self?

Listening to Your Ego, or Your True Self? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
For most people, ego becomes an issue only when someone has too much of it and is considered egotistical - and even then, a big ego is often equated with drive and success. The situation is very
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Mindful living and being aware of who we are is essential.

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Infographic: Meditation in Schools Across America

Infographic: Meditation in Schools Across America | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Infographic: Maili Holiman





What do you think about this Schools That Work story? We'd love to hear from you!
Tweet your answer to @edutopia, comment below, or email us.

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I am convinced and have been we need mindful education for our children.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, July 5, 2013 6:25 PM

This makes so much sense, and not just for students. I don't understand why more places aren't on board.

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How to Evaluate Your Own Emotional Intelligence

How to Evaluate Your Own Emotional Intelligence | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
‘What you need now is emotional intelligence,’ was what China’s new president told a graduating class last month at their top tech school.Now Bloomberg’s Businessweek tells us
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We need this as we go into each day. Children need to be learning and using in their learning.

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 8, 2013 8:20 PM

Daniel Goleman, a guru or emotional intelligence, provides questions for self-reflection.  I've read his book on Emotional intelligence and he reports emotional intelligence, or what some of us call "soft skills," as the main indicator of success in the workplace. 

 

According to these 10 questions, intended for self-reflection, emotional intellegence includes self-awareness, acknowledgement of personal limitations and strengths, emotional regulation, adaptation to change, negotiation, empathy, persuasion, ability to focus and being a team player. 

 

And the good news: emotional intelligence competencies can be upgraded.

Dr. Amy Fuller

www.AmyFullerPhD.com

Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 9, 2013 4:38 PM

A great emotional intelligence checklist to see areas of strengths and areas that can grow.

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Using silence as your strategic edge

Using silence as your strategic edge | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
  Nature teaches us how silence allows all voices to come forth naturally and in their own time.

 


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I attended Wisdom 2.0 which is an unconference and this was a key message for leadership. It is part of every wisdom tradition.

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F. Thunus's curator insight, July 3, 2013 12:58 AM

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David Hain's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:07 AM

The power of silence is immense.

donhornsby's curator insight, July 3, 2013 8:07 AM

If you’ve noticed that your words aren’t landing and your voice isn’t being heard, begin to use silence in these ways.

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Why So Many Leadership Programs Ultimately Fail

Why So Many Leadership Programs Ultimately Fail | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
They’d all read innumerable books on leadership, taken leadership skills assessments, and attended multiple training programs — including executive leadership programs at top business schools. They knew as much as anyone about leadership.

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Emotional courage is at the heart of strong leadership.

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Eugene Fernandez's comment, August 7, 2013 6:52 AM
Its not so much what we know, but what we do from what we know that matters most. Having the courage to speak up when all others are silent about a critical issue is a living demonstration of 'Leadership in Action'.
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Gallery of Quotations on Play - Spirituality & Practice

Gallery of Quotations on Play - Spirituality & Practice | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Gallery of Quotations on Play

 

"It is a happy talent to know how to play." Ralph Waldo Emerson


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There are some great thoughts here. If only I took them to heart.

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 12, 2013 1:02 AM

Deep thoughts about play...quoted on the spiritual practice of play on spirituality and practice. Enjoy! AmyFullerPhD FullerLife Playfulness


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Forget Survival of the Fittest: It Is Kindness That Counts

Forget Survival of the Fittest: It Is Kindness That Counts | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Why do people do good things? Is kindness hardwired into the brain, or does this tendency arise via experience? A psychologist probes how altruism, evolution and neurobiology mean that we can succeed by not being cutthroat.


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I have read in various places that survival of the fittest was based on cooperation and love not blind competition.

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Humility – or how important do you take yourself? | Wisdom for Future Leaders

Humility – or how important do you take yourself? | Wisdom for Future Leaders | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

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Humility and humus share a common root.

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Renee Baribeau's curator insight, July 5, 2013 12:32 PM

This is an important question. Have we become so self important now that we have a platform for our egos?

John Michel's curator insight, July 8, 2013 11:34 PM

Dropping our self-importance and replacing it through humility leads to inner silence. We are able to see the world with clear eyes. And we see ourselves more clearly as we are. We no longer compare to others and we see others as equal. Humble people don’t see the own success as most important. They help others to become successful, too.

 

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 9, 2013 8:30 PM

HUMILITY IS THE PATH TO FREEDOM!

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The Emotional Intelligence Skills Employers Want Now

The Emotional Intelligence Skills Employers Want Now | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Someone on LinkedIn recently asked me, “Is emotional intelligence as important in today’s job market compared to 1995?” when I wrote my first book on the topic.More important than
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We talk about 21st Century skills and here is why they are not necessarily new; just more important. They are actually from other centuries.

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Forgiveness as a Business Tool

Forgiveness as a Business Tool | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

The knee-jerk reaction of too many people in leadership positions when they feel wronged is righteous indignation and the urge for revenge. But one factor that sets truly transformational leaders apart from the run-of-the-mill is the ability to forgive - to let feelings of anger, resentment and blame fall away and become something constructive.


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This is backbone component of servant-leadership and the doctoral program I am in.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 8, 2013 12:14 PM

Excellent scoop!  Thanks for the suggestion Kenneth!

Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, July 8, 2013 3:17 PM
You're welcome, Al. Manfred Kets de Vries is a real capacity. I would recommend his book: "Putting leaders on the couch" - Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cggpSvc014
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enjoy a moment of calm

enjoy a moment of calm | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
a digital relaxation experience

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It was good.

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 8, 2013 2:14 PM

Calm.com offers beautiful live digital scenes which you can choose from and a 2 minute guided meditation to set your mind, body and soul at ease. It has a great app for your smart phone to do on the go. 

This 2 minute mediation could be a great resource in those moments when we become emotionally highjacked and so full of negative emotion that it feels like we can't even breathe. 

There is a great app for smartphones. 

May you be at ease and calm. Amy Fuller Phd

http://www.scoop.it/t/calm 

www.amyfullerphd.com 

Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 9, 2013 11:27 AM

LOVE this! What a great way to destress and do a little self-care!

Pat Slade's curator insight, July 14, 2013 8:14 AM

Relaxation exercise that is easily accessible.

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5 Simple Tips to Meditate Like a Monk

5 Simple Tips to Meditate Like a Monk | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Day after day, you sit on the cushion, but every time you commit to sit your thoughts pull you away.

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Resilience for Our Students and Ourselves

Resilience for Our Students and Ourselves | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Our current leadership challenge lies in our capacity to be resilient ourselves, and to develop resilient students and systems.
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The people who need the most in this area are classroom teachers.

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Daydream Believer: 5 Steps for Living Up to Our True Potential.

Daydream Believer: 5 Steps for Living Up to Our True Potential. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Daydream Believer: 5 Steps for Living Up to Your True Potential.
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(Re)define success. What is important is not always a number or material and can be hard to measure it. I know it when I see it though.

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The Hard Case for Soft Skills

The Hard Case for Soft Skills | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
I'm often asked about ways to influence others in the value of emotional intelligence within cultures that value high IQ.In a highly technical or scientific work setting, I like to introduce
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If you wait, you often respond rather than react.

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Listening to Your Ego, or Your True Self?

Listening to Your Ego, or Your True Self? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
For most people, ego becomes an issue only when someone has too much of it and is considered egotistical - and even then, a big ego is often equated with drive and success. The situation is very
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We need to be quiet sometimes and just be so we can listen and hear our inner teacher.

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