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Leading With Soul by Lee G. Bolman & Terrence E. Deal

Soul Defined



1. the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.

2. the spiritual part of humans regarded in its moral aspect, or as believed to survive death and be subject to happiness or misery in a life to come: arguing the immortality of the soul.

3. the disembodied spirit of a deceased person: He feared the soul of the deceased would haunt him. 4. the emotional part of human nature; the seat of the feelings or sentiments.

5. a human being; person.

6. high-mindedness; noble warmth of feeling, spirit or courage, etc.

7. the animating principle; the essential element or part of something.

8. the inspirer or moving spirit of some action, movement, etc.

9. the embodiment of some quality: He was the very soul of tact.

10. (initial capital letter) Christian Science. God; the divine source of all identity and individuality.

11. shared ethnic awareness and pride among black people

12. deeply felt emotion, as conveyed or expressed by a performer or artist.

Definition of spirit


1: an animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms

2: a supernatural being or essence: as acapitalized : holy spirit b: soul 2a c: an often malevolent being that is bodiless but can become visible ; specifically : ghost 2 d: a malevolent being that enters and possesses a human being

3: temper or disposition of mind or outlook especially when vigorous or animated

4: the immaterial intelligent or sentient part of a person

5 a: the activating or essential principle influencing a person b: an inclination, impulse, or tendency of a specified kind : mood

6 a: a special attitude or frame of mind b: the feeling, quality, or disposition characterizing something

7: a lively or brisk quality in a person or a person's actions

8: a person having a character or disposition of a specified nature

9: a mental disposition characterized by firmness or assertiveness

Book Summary

At the heart of this groundbreaking book is a contemporary parable, which tells the story of Steve, a dispirited leader in search of something more meaningful in his life than an obsession with the bottom line. Through conversations with Maria, a mysterious sage whose wisdom was forged in her own hard-won business career?Steve unexpectedly discovers the true meaning of leadership. Having rediscovered his own soul, he is able to ignite the spirit of his organization.

Signs We've Lost Our Spirit


Feeling of emptiness/something's missing

Confusion about one's core values/beliefs


3 Step Journey Toward Soul

1. Leave Home

2. The Quest

3. Return Home

"Follow the Highway and you'll probably arrive at a destination..follow your heart and you may leave a trail."


"Tragedy enters every life. Spirit springs from what you make of it. Wounds provide an eye to find new possibilities."


prayers, meditations, rituals, going to sacred places

Images of Leadership

harry ramboranger

Four Gifts of Leadership

love, power, authorship and significance

See Lee Bolman Speak

Helpful Links

Lee Bolman's Personal Website