It was perhaps 20 years ago, yet I remember my first meeting with Willis Harman in vivid color. Fresh out of my doctoral dissertation research on the idea of Appreciative Inquiry, I was taking the next big step, working on an interdisciplinary understanding of the relationship between images of the future and human action in the present, especially the relationship between positive guiding images and the possibilities for positive action in human systems.
Sometime ago my son asked, “Mom, what kind of leader do you think you are?” I was taken aback as I had actually never thought about myself in this way. I automatically began thinking about political leaders such as Mikhail Gorbachev and Kofi Annan, or business leaders such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, or media prophets such as Bill Moyers, or religious figures like Christ and the Buddha.
It was a dedicated and globally diverse group of leaders who gathered together at the beautiful old monastery in Bosco Marengo, Italy on October 27-28, 2006. These leaders had been invited by Mikhail Gorbachev and The World Political Forum to participate in the inauguration of a high level think-tank dedicated to A New World Political Architecture.
At the heart of a new global civilization is the movement toward wholeness and forms that support global emergence. ‘Integral leadership’ is an important component powering this move. Integral leadership reflects a sphere of leadership where interior development and exterior structures are aligned to support and sustain organisms—people, businesses, the environment, and one another.