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Excerpted from The Corporate Mystic by By Gay Hendricks, Ph.D. and Kate Ludeman, Ph.D.. Copyright© 1997 by Gay Hendricks, Ph.D. and Kate Ludeman, Ph.D.. Excerpted by permission of Bantam Books, a division of Random House, 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.
 


"If you set yourself up as the source of something while disempowering those around you, look out. It may feel great for a while, but the costs are enormous."

Hendricks and Ludeman, 
The Corporate Mystic
, Part 1

"Leadership is going where nobody else has gone." 

-- Bob Calvin, former chairman, Motorola

If you will open up to being a source of integrity, vision, and intuition in your organization, you step into leadership regardless of what niche you occupy. Many people wait to be instructed or reminded to take full ownership of these powers. The Corporate Mystic knows that real power and real fun comes from being a source. When you are the source, you take full responsibility for bringing into being the corporate culture you want. Everyone can be the source, and when they think they are, they are.

If you are willing to let go of your resistance to being a source, you claim a type of spiritual power that others can feel.

Leaders are comfortable with being a source of integrity, vision, and intuition. They seek to be producers, not consumers of these three rare commodities. Inspired leaders, though, have something extra. They are committed to everyone else being a source. In other words, they are committed to being a source of sources. This takes them out of the power game. If you set yourself up as the source of something while disempowering those around you, look out. It may feel great for a while, but the costs are enormous. You risk playing Daddy or Mommy to people who are still looking for someone to take care of them. Boardrooms are not immune from this problem.

Imagine what could happen in your organization if everyone were trained to be a source of integrity. In a work space in which everyone felt connected to the source of integrity, miracles would happen every day. All the energy usually wasted on cleaning up integrity breaches could be channeled into creativity.

The same thing is true for vision or intuition. Imagine the power of an organization where everyone was empowered to be visionary. In our corporate training workshops we get to see this happen week after week, but it never fails to move us. 

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