New from Richard Barrett, The New Leadership Paradigm is more than a leadership text book (530 pages), it is a state-of-the-art learning system
for 21st century leaders. The book is in six parts. Part 1 describes the fundamental principles and concepts that lie at the core of the New Leadership Paradigm learning system. Parts 2, 3, 4 & 5 apply these principles to Leading Self , Leading a Team, Leading an Organisation, and Leading in Society. The final part includes three annexes: information about the New Leadership Paradigm leadership development learning system; an overview of the Cultural Transformation Tools and an overview of the origins of the seven levels of consciousness model.
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By Viktor Kunovski
Aug 15, 2011
Richard Barrett is founder and chairman of the Barrett Values Centre, a preeminent global consultancy in the field of values based leadership and culture transformation. He is creator of the "seven levels of consciousness" model as well as the Culture Transformation Tools (CTT) that accompany it. The model and CTT tools have been used in the past two decades by more than 2000 organizations in their processes of cultural transformation (measuring and managing their values and organizational culture). These processes have resulted in creating impeccable functioning of the organizations that have gone trough this journey and formation of highly aligned values lead systems with low levels of organizational entropy. On the bottom line, these organizations have outperformed its competitors and shown growth and development in all the segments of functioning. Following the success stories in the business sector, over 40 nations have begun travelling on the path of national culture... More > transformation. The seven levels of consciousness model is Richards shift of Maslow's hierarchy of needs model. Here, the physiological needs of Maslow are the first level of consciousness that Barrett calls Survival. Safety needs are the 2nd level called Relationships Consciousness. Belonging needs are the 3rd level called Self-esteem Consciousness. Know and understand needs are the 4th level called Transformation Consciousness Self-actualization needs are spread out in level 5, 6 and 7, Internal cohesion (5), Making a difference (6) and Service (7) Consciousness. The term "full spectrum" functioning in the context of the seven levels of consciousness model means that an individual and/or group/organization/nation functions in a balanced way on all these levels. The experiences have shown that individuals and systems that exhibit full spectrum consciousness tend to be functioning with greater resilience and performances that the ones who don't posses this quality. * * * In his latest book "The New Leadership Paradigm" (TNPL) Richard Barrett yet again is paving the way towards the development of leadership we need for the 21st century. Leadership that will move us all from "I" to "We" and will develop leaders, organizations and nations that will be the best for the world rather that best in the world. Building further and extending on his values based "seven levels of consciousness model" which is the pillar of his work, Richard proposes methods and tools that could be used to create what he calls "full spectrum, values driven" leaders, organizations, nations and society in general. Rotating around the seven levels model, the book has 4 main parts in which Richard guides us trough a leadership progression, from Leading Self, to Leading Others, Leading in Organizations and Leading in Society, Richard points clearly that in order to lead others we first need to master leading self. To be successful leader in society one has to master all the previous stages. The leadership development throughout the book is practically supported with examples, exercises and coaching tools for personal and team purposes, as well as case studies of incredible culture transformation in some giant organizations such as Unilever Brazil, Volvo, NedBank to name a few. The book serves as the core guide for the 4 separate workbooks modules (available separately) that Richard has designed for developing leadership which together with the TNLP website forms a unique leadership development system that could become a platform for growing leaders globally in a cohesive way. It could provide to be one of the most comprehensive supporting system in the leadership development journey that can be used in self coaching, as tool for external and internal organizational coaches, as well as leadership development kit for colleges and universities. To organizations and companies that do not have defined leadership programmes, these system provides excellent start into a leadership development programmes. The TNLP book is not just a leadership development book, this is a book on consciousness development, coaching and is also a philosophical book, an encyclopaedia of personal and collective experience in these fields that Richard has attempted to put in 500 pages. To the younger readers but also to the ones who are not familiar with Richards work I will suggest to take time with this book so they can digest the mountain of information, or maybe even start with his "Liberating the corporate soul" where the seven levels model and the CTT are described in perfect way. On more critical side, despite Richards effort to describe these complex matters in simply words, paradoxically, this is not a book that radiated leadership simplicity. Also it is my believe that in order to create leaders who will lead in the 21st century and beyond that, we must look much deeper than well designed leadership workbooks, and the support by our coaches. Many of us in the coaching profession are struggling with deeply seated and unresolved deficiencies and superego conflicts that have not been resolved in our own long spend psychotherapy or coaching work because these methods mostly work on ego level and emotions. It is my sense, and here I take the risk of being wrong, that some of Richard's leadership development propositions are not going beyond this level despite the conceptual intention. It is my experience that to work on the soul level, the deepest authentic self level from where universal guidance and the highest form of leadership arises, we need to be engaged and use the most advanced and recognised spiritually enlightened models in existence and promote leadership development to these highest possible levels. We need to find the enlightened spiritual teachers to help us and guide us in this process if we are committed fully to a new leadership paradigm. Richard and many others have paved the road, now it is time to illuminate it.< Less
The New Leadership Paradigm is a must-read from the world of leadership. Thanks to Richard Barrett who writes with clarity, integrity and profound wisdom – this is not just a book – but a leadership process that has never been presented this way before. A state of the art learning process that passes the litmus tests; Firstly, is it accessible and well written? Are its lessons applicable today? And, third, would we apply the insights in our own personal lives, to our teams, our organisation or community?" You can't be a leader until you know who you are. It's that simple. Richard’s message: " The purpose of the Leading Self component is to help you find personal fulfilment by uncovering, and exploring your authentic self, thereby fulfilling your potential and becoming all you can become. This requires you to establish an intimate understanding of who you are, how you operate, what is important to you, and most importantly, what you need to do to find fulfilment in your life”... More > The New Leadership Paradigm offers a compelling model for thinking about leadership. Through exploring the 7 levels of consciousness, you can use it as a basis for looking at everything you experience in your life. It reminds you that leadership is an evolving phenomenon and a lifelong learning. The New Leadership Paradigm offers remarkable insights into new ways to optimise your personal leadership, skills and talents. Annalise Jennings Director DynamicExchange.com.au< Less
New Leadership Paradigm is simple and brilliant. By applying an evolutionary model to leadership (what it means for species not just to survive, but to thrive), Barrett is on to a winning formula - nature's formula. Barrett explores the role of cooperation, consciousness and what it means to lead yourself before others, in a quite beautiful way. The question of what it means to be a good leader is one that greatly concerns me - as a business owner, someone who is about to be married, and as a global citizen. There are many books out there for people who wish to explore leadership, albeit in rather theoretical terms. Barret's book is different. In clear, compelling and humanising language, Barrett provides the reader with a set of practical tools that we can apply straight away in the real world. I have had the privilege to get to know and work with Barrett, and I have developed a deep sense of respect for the way in which he lives out the principles of New Leadership Paradigm in... More > everything that he does, and everything he is. This is someone who really 'walks the talk' of values-driven leadership. Grounded in decades of work at the top of the values game; from his time at the World Bank, to heading up the acclaimed Barrett Values Center, New Leadership Paradigm is a must for anyone who is personally or professionally invested in leadership, and what it means to be a better leader.< Less
In his latest book Richard Barrett has written a deeply insightful and highly relevant treatise on the fundamental importance of 'how' leaders can consciously evolve towards and beyond 'personal mastery' and then, from this place, build truly sustainable teams, organizations, communities, countries and, indeed, perhaps even a new global society in the future. Based on the underlying premise that our short term, individual needs are inseparably entangled with the longer term, wider needs of the common good, Richard gets right to the heart of the matter by drawing the attention of leaders (and coaches/consultants working with them) to the importance of making their own personal evolution 'conscious' so that they can likewise lead others by example with authenticity, passion and integrity in a 'best for the world' manner. Full of wisdom, practical advice and insight, and drawing together material from many other sources, this is without doubt one of the most comprehensive leadership... More > development books I have ever read.< Less
From Niran Jiang on the back cover of the book: With relentless clarity and profound wisdom, Barrett lays out the most comprehensive leadership development process that has ever been presented in this field. The New Leadership Paradigm is a book of monumental importance for our collective future. — Niran Jiang, Co-founder and Director, Institute for Human Excellence, Australia From Shirley Zinn on the back cover of the book: The seminal and revolutionary insights of The New Leadership Paradigm capture the essence of the kind of leadership the world needs today. This book is packed with wisdom and clarity on what vision-led, values-driven leadership is about. — Shirley Zinn, Group Executive Human Resources, Nedbank, South Africa From Tor Eneroth on the back cover of the book: If you think the leadership we have today is the right leadership, read The New Leadership Paradigm. This book will not only enlighten you, it will change your mind. — Tor Eneroth, Culture Manager, Volvo IT Group,... More > Sweden< Less
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