Dignified Leadership

Contributi di: Christian de Quincey
Tipologia: Ebook
Protezione: Adobe DRM
Lingua: English
ISBN: 9780999838419
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Healthy cells grow in a way that benefits the body  and enables life. Cancer cells grow in a way  that ravages the body, causing suffering and sometimes death. The key difference is a complex molecular system that enables healthy cells to “recognize” other cells as “self” and cooperate for mutual benefit. Cancer cells often lack this ability, expand past their mutually beneficial boundaries, and squeeze the life from everything in their path. Metaphorically, cancer cells do not recognize the dignity of cells around them and literally turn them into objects by destroying them.
Similarly, we humans can lose sight of the fact that we are all part of a greater whole and worthy of being treated with dignity.  Like cancer cells, we can view everything and everyone else as objects to be used, rather than fellow human beings necessary for our own survival.  When we treat our fellow human beings as objects, we demonstrate the signs of the cancer of objectification. 
Objectification is the root of all forms of slavery and the often unconscious justification for the abuse of power. From sexual harassment in the workplace to date rape, from 9/11 to Nazi slogans at Charlottesville, from wage slaves to commercialized prisons, from prostitution to child sex trafficking – objectification causes universal and unimaginable suffering. Objectification is a societal cancer. The good news is: we can cure it.  We can cure it because it is nothing more or less than an often unacknowledged way of thinking.  Once we become aware of this catastrophic way of thinking, and replace it with a logically coherent and compassionate approach, we can change. We can choose to treat others with dignity as fellow human beings rather than mere objects.
This book will assist leaders in creating cultures intentionally designed to treat others with dignity and eradicate objectification. As the evidence will clearly show, leaders who choose this path will not only improve their followers’ lives, but also dramatically improve their own. In the process, their organization will exponentially increase in both capability and effectiveness. Regardless of scale or sector, from public service to for-profit corporations, from military units to non-profit NGOs, from hundreds of thousands of followers to a single parent leading a child, the benefits of dignified leadership are irrefutable.


In Memoriam v
Dedication vii
Acknowledgments ix
Preface: Volcanoes and Ice Cubes xi
Part 1: Possibilities –Happiness and Liberation 1
1. Re-Humanizing Our World 3
2. The Secret of Success 11
3. The Roots of Objectification 25
Part 2: Blocks – Science and Leadership 33
4. A Crisis of Vision 35
5. How Science Splits the World 41
6. Paradigm Shift 3.0 59
Part 3: Objectification –Cognitive Blind Spots 109
7. Process and Consciousness 111
8. The Blindness of Behaviorism 139
9. Rat-Race Relativism 187
Part 4: Alternatives –Transformational Leadership 207
10. Beyond Objectivity: New Directions in Psychology 209
11. Leadership as Transformation 225
12. Beyond Management 245
13. The Power of Identity and Trust 273
Prognosis: New Vision for a Thriving World 305
14. Visionary Leadership 307
15. Freedom and the Future 343
References 349


I strongly recommend Dignified Leadership. It should be required reading for our nation’s service academies, business schools, and any organization concerned about maximizing productivity, creativity, and employee loyalty.
Admiral (Ret.) Bill Owens,
Former Vice Chairman
Joint Chiefs of Staff


Dignified Leadership is an important read for every manager but a crucial one for executives. The book neatly lays out far-reaching but infrequently discussed organization

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