The difficulty in meeting with ourselves is not that we can see our shortcomings. We have investigated them again and again. The difficulty is when we see our own light, because the light demands us to acknowledge it and take it seriously. And that might lead to change.
What do you think about your own leadership? Have you ever felt as if you took on a suit that did not fit with who you are? What do you need to be able to lead in a way that is in agreement with who you are? What do you need to be able to acknowledge your own light and make changes so that it can shine freely? Reflect on this while reading how things are connected and affects us in ways we may never have thought about. (these 2 paragraphs are on the back of the book, do you think we could use them?)
Many of the stories in this book comes from Eiwor´s long experience of taking leadership, in politics, in voluntary non-profit organizations and in liberal adult learning organizations. She also has a long experience from taking leadership in the International Genuine Contact Organization, a membership organization where Genuine Contact Professionals gather to increase their leadership capacity and provide their clients and employers with the best possible outcomes.
“There are several people who argue that we need a new leadership paradigm. These people are aware of that leadership is within everyone. One of these people is Joseph A Raelin who challenges the mainstream leadership view that implies ”taking the lead” and instead intends that we need organizations where everyone is involved in leadership, not in a row after each other but simultaneously and collectively. He says that it is especially important that the business world can break away from the perspective on leadership as the execution of control.”
“It is important to know that leadership is something you learn eventually and both knowledge and practice are needed. You can´t only practice swimming on the beach but you will need to jump into the water and experience both belly flops and involuntary gulps of water. But it pays off to dare because suddenly you can make it and then it is great fun (most of the time).”
“Now is the time to start weaving a new story tapestry that we can give to our children and grandchildren. Just as when we children were sitting with our grandmother watching the dusk arrive while she told us everything worth knowing about our history. While the day turned into evening we learned about traditions and values and about human destinies put into a context. It was restful and healing. We need new stories and a new healing process where human beings are at the core and where organizations are built according to how people function.”
Culture of Leadership takes us on a journey through the 1900th century, looking at the impact that still has on the early years of 2000. We are reminded of the patterns and structures we have created through the years and get ideas of what we can do so undo some of them. It is a picture from the Swedish countryside, seen through the eyes of Eiwor Backelund Jacobsson. She was raised in a family where girls and boys were treated equally and the world was defined by the Finnish relatives in the east, the American relatives in the West, the stories her uncle brought home from Japan and the books her father read about aboriginal Australians. Her grandmother taught her that hard work forwarded health and success and laziness was a sin. Her father taught her how to drive a tractor, to harvest the hay, to find the hidden mushroom spots in the forest and to recognize birds. Her mother taught her how to cook, make clothes and make a home beautiful.
Since Eiwor is well grounded in nature and countryside, she has a very practical view and nature orientation perspective on what needs to be changed in our organizations so they could fit human beings instead of administrative systems. She is also engaged in creating space for the full wisdom of each human being, so no one feels restrained or trapped but have their full freedom to use their wisdom to lead their lives.