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Title
Spiritual leadership as a driver of organizational entrainment
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Abstract
The rhythmic processes of the human system entrain to the rhythm of the heart, the strongest biological oscillator. Moreover, the heart adds intelligence to the body that significantly influences how human beings perceive and react. If the heart plays such an important role among human beings, what kind of construct could represent the heart of an organization and would drive well-being and performance? This theoretical paper argues that the existing spiritual leadership theory is a construct that increases the performance and well-being of an organization through entrainment. Entrainment is considered as a fundamental process of connection between individuals and their environment. First, the term entrainment in current organizational behaviour studies is explained together with its direct and causal relationship with organizational performance. Next, the physiological functioning of the human heart is analysed in the context of entrainment to highlight its characteristics. Then, the spiritual leadership theory is introduced to argue that its model could be considered as the heart of an organization driving the entrainment process, while the degree of entrainment could be a measure for spiritual intelligence. Finally, the multi-level integral entrainment matrix is applied to the spiritual leadership theory to enrich it.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Proceedings of the European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance
Source (book)
Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance : ECMLG 2017, December 11-12, 2017, London, England
Publication
Reading : Academic Conferences , 2017
ISBN
978-1-911218-64-7
978-1-911218-64-7
Volume/pages
(2017) , p. 444-451
ISI
000425331200052
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 29.03.2018
Last edited 27.08.2021
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