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In times past, leadership included the spiritual and our guides often stood above us at churches and temples as we humans looked up and learned what to value, how to live, and how to relate to one another. Then, we looked up to the leading characters on big screens in movie theatres and let them tell us what to value, how to behave. Today, we look at the screens in our hands, to leading influencers on social media, to celebrities, and CEOs who instill in us a sense of that which is valuable and important. And then, we wonder why depression, anxiety, and mental health challenges are so rampant, including among C-suite executives themselves, for most of these leaders are not rousing the inquiry and reflection needed for a sense of awe, of the sacred, of purpose, that leads to good mental health and inspiring work—and living.

The spirituality of regenerative leadership recognizes that we are all interconnected, like roots in a tree system, and that our actions have a profound impact on the people and world around us. It is grounded in the belief that true leadership goes beyond personal power, success, or gain; it involves a deeper sense of purpose and responsibility to not just shareholders but to all stakeholders, including future generations.

Integrating a spiritual approach to leadership means recognizing the wisdom inherent in Nature’s designs and systems, and emulating those to create conditions and impact that are conducive to life.

Individuals with a strong sense of purpose and a sense of belonging to something bigger than ego self are better at stress management and have healthier brain function including cognition, memory, creative problem solving, and an overall sense of well being and mental health (Psychology Today, 2022).

At its core, regenerative leadership is about creating a positive impact on social, environmental, and economic systems and recognizing that these systems are interconnected. This approach to leadership acknowledges the importance of collaboration across sectors, the need for transparency and authenticity, and the importance of empathy and understanding because we are all part of one holistic system.

Questions to ask as a spiritual and regenerative leader:

  • What do I believe in that is bigger than myself?
  • If I recognize that the personal growth of all the individuals within my company’s ecosystem will increase our collective success, how might company culture and policies encourage individuals to explore their values, beliefs, and purpose? 
  • How can I show more compassion, gratitude, forgiveness, and mindfulness to myself and my team?
  • How can I take a more holistic approach to problem-solving?
  • What can I do to help the individuals working on my team, and/or in my company, feel recognized as part of our shared ecosystem?
  • Recognizing that natural solutions include robust biodiversity, how can I be part of building a more diverse culture and community within the ecosystem that is my team or company? How can I be a model of deep appreciation for the diversity and interconnectedness of my team, company, and really, all of existence?
  • How might we create professional experiences that go beyond the boundaries of traditional operations and explore deeper levels of consciousness, inner wisdom, and interconnectedness?
  • Recognizing that each person’s actions matter and impact the whole, how can I empower team members with a sense of agency and pride in ownership? So they themselves make more creative, inspired, and positively impactful decisions.

Exploring leadership within a living systems paradigm, means including a framework for exploring the spiritual: life’s existential questions, seeking purpose, finding solace, and cultivating a sense of inner peace, belonging, and ultimately, fulfillment of not just a product line or launch, but also, your self and the individuals who are part of your ecosystem.

Does spirituality play into your leadership style? And if so, how?

Learn more about regenerative leadership here.