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1 Leading from Within Out of the Shadow, into the Light By Parker J. Palmer

2 Parker J. Palmer Writer, author, teacher and activist

3 Leader defined Someone with the power to project either shadow or light upon some part of the world, and upon the lives of the people who dwell there.

4 Shadows of a Leader I. INSECURITY ABOUT IDENTITY AND WORTH.I. INSECURITY ABOUT IDENTITY AND WORTH. - create institutional settings that deprive - create institutional settings that deprive other people of their identity. other people of their identity.

5 Identity does not depend on the role they play or the power it gives them over others.

6 Shadows of a Leader II. PERCEPTION THAT UNIVERSE IS ESSENTIALLY HOSTILEII. PERCEPTION THAT UNIVERSE IS ESSENTIALLY HOSTILE - - If we fail to be fiercely competitive, the imagery suggests, we will surely lose, because the world we live in is essentially a vast combat zone.

7 Shadows of a Leader III. FUNCTIONAL ATHEISM. ATHEISM. - Leads to dysfunctional behavior on every level of our lives. - Leads to dysfunctional behavior on every level of our lives.

8 Shadows of a Leader IV. FEARIV. FEAR - P - Projected as rigidity of rules and procedures, creating an ethos that is imprisoning rather than empowering.

9 Shadows of a Leader V. DENIAL OF DEATHV. DENIAL OF DEATH - O - Often demand that the people around them keep resuscitating things that are no longer alive.

10 Conclusion The frequent failure of leaders to deal with their inner lives leaves too many individuals and institutions in the dark.

11 References Palmer, Parker J. “Leading from Within, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. Copyright © 2000 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


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