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CHAPTER 19Leading from Below

I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success, and I am for those tiny invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of man’s pride.

William James

In nature, change doesn’t happen from a top-down, strategic approach. There is never a boss in a living system. Change happens from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously.1

Meg Wheatley

Albert Einstein famously observed, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” Our task is to bring ...

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