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Excerpted from Tao of Personal Leadership by Diane Dreher. Copyright © 1997 by Diane Dreher. Excerpted by permission of HarperCollins, Inc.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.

"Tao leaders do not shrink from the unknown in fear, but embrace change."

  Diane Dreher, Tao of Personal Leadership, Part 4

Tao leaders do not shrink from the unknown in fear, but embrace change with a consummate faith in the deepest principles of existence. Living on the edge, leading from the edge, they respond to uncertainty by joyously seeking their balance in dynamic interaction with the challenges of life.

The Tao of Personal Leadership shows how we can all become leaders, courageous and resourceful individuals who make leadership an art, creating new harmonies from the experiences around us. Each chapter sets forth the leadership principles of the Tao with quotes from the Tao Te Ching and lessons from Taoism, Buddhism, and the martial arts. 

The book is divided into two sections. Part 1, The Yin of Inner Leadership, concentrates on the more personal elements of leadership. Part 2, The Yang of Leadership in Action, focuses on the leader's relationships and responsibilities.

The book's two parts imply a linear progression from personal wisdom to pragmatic action, but like the Tao Te Ching itself, the book's structure is cyclical, repeating the various principles of Tao--which are at once internal and external--in different contexts. Like the ocean waves continually casting themselves to shore, the Taoist principles recur in patterns at once familiar and new.

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