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The Spirit of Leadership by Harrison Owen

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CHAPTER 9The Third Function of Leadership

Sustaining Spirit with Structure

Gathering and focusing Spirit is the first act of leadership, but if left at that point, Spirit will once again dissipate and disperse. Unless it is channeled for the long haul, Spirit raised by vision and fused in the collective story will fly apart. Organizational structure is the pathway of Spirit, and growing appropriate structure is the third function of leadership.

Creating organizational structure is probably what we in the West do best; at least we spend the most time on it. We pay a price for our fixation, however, for all too often structure is seen to be the only thing in an organization. At worst this leads to the denial of Spirit, which cuts us off from ...

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