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Practicing Organization Development: A Guide for Leading Change: A Third Edition by Arielle Sullivan, Roland L. Sullivan, Jacqueline M. Stavros, William J. Rothwell

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JOURNEYS AS CONSCIOUSNESS-RAISING EXPERIENCES

On the surface, the idea of consciousness raising would seem rather far afield for business executives. Yet the case can be made that it is very applicable to the development of leaders and their companies today. First, there is increased emphasis on self-awareness in leadership scholarship and programs (Goleman, Boyatzis, & McKee, 2002; Quinn, 1996). This is amply evident in the wide-ranging use of self-assessment tools, in widespread interest in emotional intelligence (EQ), in the growing practice of self-reflection in personal and professional development, and in experimentation with meditation, martial arts, yoga, and other forms of “soul work” among executives (c.f., Bolman & Deal, 1995; ...

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