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The Spirit of Leadership by Harrison Owen

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CHAPTER 6Spirit and Leadership

For many in the West, Spirit is nothing.1 Operating under the premise that if you can’t count it, it doesn’t exist, the conclusion is that Spirit is not there, or if it is there, it can’t amount to much. At the level of proof there is little if anything that can be done to alter this position, for having started with the premise of “countability,” the conclusion is inescapable. Yet despite the obvious inescapability of the logic, there appears to be a growing sense that this logic need not be the only one used.

Perhaps it is only the uneasiness of the times but conversations about Spirit now seem to appear in some of the strangest places. As long ago as 1987, for example, a major corporation took out a full-page ...

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