Leading From The Whole: Uniting Hearts and Minds in a Symphony of Strengths

Leading From The Whole: Uniting Hearts and Minds in a Symphony of Strengths

In today’s rapidly changing business landscape, leadership paradigms are evolving. Gone are the days when command and control determine the fate of organizations. We’re entering an era where Leading from the Whole makes sense and is becoming a strategic imperative.

At the heart of this evolution lies collaborative leadership. Unlike traditional leadership models, which centralize decision-making power, collaborative leadership disperses leadership responsibilities. It recognizes that wisdom doesn’t reside at the top but is distributed throughout an organization. It’s about empowering teams, fostering a culture of mutual respect, and harnessing the collective intelligence of everyone involved. Doing so ensures faster, more adaptive, and more effective responses to challenges.

The essence of Leading from the Whole is beautifully encapsulated in ConSentricity. ConSentricity emphasizes consensus and alignment, promoting a balanced and integrated approach to decision-making. It’s a dynamic where every member consents to a decision and actively contributes to its formation, ensuring everyone’s perspectives are acknowledged and integrated.

Positive Inquiry focuses on strengths, successes, and potentials rather than problems or threats. In the context of Leading from the Whole, Positive Inquiry encourages leaders and teams to seek out what’s already working well and then amplify those successes. This aligns perfectly with collaborative leadership, as it’s centered around harnessing the collective strengths of the whole team and organization, leading to positive, forward-focused solutions borne from collective wisdom.

RoundMap offers a holistic view of the business ecosystem. It isn’t just a mapping tool but a comprehensive approach to understanding the interconnectedness of various business components. Leading from the Whole is seamlessly integrated into the RoundMap philosophy. By endorsing collaborative leadership, RoundMap encourages a more harmonious and synergistic interaction between various business elements. It promotes an environment where stakeholders have a voice, aligning them towards a shared vision and purpose.

As we venture into the 21st century, Leading from the Whole isn’t merely an alternative approach; it’s becoming the bedrock of forward-thinking organizations. By embracing collaborative leadership, championing concepts like ConSentricity and Positive Inquiry, and utilizing comprehensive tools like RoundMap, we’re setting the stage for a more inclusive, dynamic, and prosperous future.

A book with the same title will appear in early 2024 (ISBN 9789082722208):

Introduction "Leading From The Whole":

In an era where rapid change is the only constant, the most resilient organizations are those that tap into the shared passion and intellect of their teams. “Leading From The Whole” isn’t just a methodology; it’s a transformative ethos. This narrative centers around Jason Porter, a seasoned executive who, despite his extensive experience, is at a crossroads in his career. Jason inherited StrongBow Inc. two years ago, facing formidable challenges: stifled innovation, entrenched silos, looming threats, and personal turmoil with an ailing child. The weight of these challenges rests heavily on his shoulders, and he knows that his decisions will determine the future of StrongBow.

A fortuitous retreat to the Cascade Mountains introduces him to Dale, a retired businessman whose life story becomes the guiding light for Jason’s transformation. Through Dale’s sage advice, Jason discovers the profound impact of uniting the hearts and minds of his team, culminating in a resonating symphony of strengths within StrongBow. 

“Leading From The Whole” isn’t just a story; it’s a compass for those navigating the intricate dance of human dynamics in the corporate world. It illuminates the potency of aligning individual brilliance and passion to create harmonious organizations where businesses transcend conventional paradigms, giving rise to symphonies from within.

Plot Outline "Leading From The Whole":

In the bustling business world, Jason Porter emerges as a steadfast leader. As the former Senior Vice President of Operations at StrongBow, he took the helm from Lance Wolff two years ago, inheriting a legacy of innovation and a reputation as a trustworthy client partner. Yet, despite his distinguished position, Jason feels the weight of responsibility pressing upon him.

Inside the boardroom of Longview’s headquarters, where corporate decisions shape destinies, Jason confronts the complex challenges that threaten to undermine the company he holds dear. Disconnected teams, entrenched silos, and a culture of self-preservation loom, casting shadows on the organization he has labored to build.

Faced with the pressing demands of leadership, Jason yearns for a respite from the corporate tumult. He seeks refuge amid the pristine wilderness of the Cascade Mountains, where a cabin, nestled amidst towering pines and serenaded by crystalline streams, offers solitude and reflection.

Here, in the tranquil embrace of nature, Jason’s path intersects with that of Dale—a sage of the business world who, like Jason, once grappled with the relentless demands of leadership. Dale’s journey of introspection led him to a revolutionary paradigm of leadership—one that champions the collective potential of individuals, harmonizes diverse strengths and steers not from the summit but from the unity of the whole.

Around crackling fires and beneath starlit skies, Dale imparts his wisdom to Jason. Through narratives of triumphs and trials, he unveils the transformative essence of collaborative leadership—a symphony in which every voice, every instrument, contributes to a majestic harmony.

But can these lessons resurrect a struggling corporation? With newfound insights and guidance from Dale’s mentorship, Jason redefines leadership. He aspires to unite the hearts and minds of his workforce, transforming discordant notes into a symphony of strengths.

“Leading From The Whole” transcends the boundaries of business theory; it’s a voyage of rediscovery. It delves deep into the human aspect of business, reminding us that genuine strength arises not from isolation but from unity. It is a testament to the potent forces of empathy, shared vision, and collective endeavor.

Join Jason and Dale as they navigate the turbulent seas of corporate leadership, challenging entrenched norms and charting a course toward a new future. Immerse yourself in a narrative that blends business acumen with heartfelt resonance, underscoring the boundless potential of unity and empathy.


  • Edwin Korver

    Edwin Korver is a polymath celebrated for his mastery of systems thinking and integral philosophy, particularly in intricate business transformations. His company, CROSS-SILO, embodies his unwavering belief in the interdependence of stakeholders and the pivotal role of value creation in fostering growth, complemented by the power of storytelling to convey that value. Edwin pioneered the RoundMap®, an all-encompassing business framework. He envisions a future where business harmonizes profit with compassion, common sense, and EQuitability, a vision he explores further in his forthcoming book, "Leading from the Whole."

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