Inspired by such visionary writers as M. Scott Peck and Max De Pree, authors Lee Bolman and Terry Deal have crafted a powerful story of one beleaguered executive's quest for passion and purpose in work and in life. This contemporary parable chronicles the journey of Steve, a dispirited leader in search of something deeper and more satisfying than a preoccupation with the bottom line. He seeks answers from Maria, a sage whose wisdom was forged in her own hard-won business career. Although Maria's initial questions seem far afield from business, Steve unexpectedly discovers the true meaning of leadership. By finding his own soul, he learns to ignite the spirit of his organization.
The authors draw upon many of the world's major spiritual traditions, poetry and philosophy, social science teachings on leadership and organizations, and their own extensive consulting experience. They offer inspiration, guidance, and an invitation to participate with them in understanding the ties that bind spirituality and leadership together.