Leading with Joy: Practices for Uncertain Times (Paperback)

Leading with Joy: Practices for Uncertain Times By Akaya Windwood, Rajasvini Bhansali Cover Image

Leading with Joy: Practices for Uncertain Times (Paperback)


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In a time of increasing disconnection and uncertainty, Leading with Joy shows how leaders can reclaim their purpose and embrace joy in service of social transformation.

Leadership that connects people and centers compassion and trust instead of competition and disconnection is needed more than ever before. There are plenty of manuals that show people how to manage organizations, but what is really needed in this moment is a book that shows us how to include kindness and inspiration within leadership. Leading with Joy promotes a courageous and compassionate approach to leadership that can sustain purposeful action and social change.

This book takes the form of a series of vignettes about the authors’ insights and stories, with reflection questions at the end of each one. Through these stories—which address topics such as workplace triumphs and lessons, family relationships, and even near-death experiences— Akaya Windwood and Rajasvini Bhansali illuminate different aspects of leadership, such as humility, forgiveness, and kindness, and invite leaders to respond to the current moment.

The book draws on the authors’ lived experiences as leaders, including their encounters with oppression, and their wisdom in principled leadership. They demonstrate how leaders can create conditions of abundance and well-being, which are necessary for long-term social transformation.
Akaya Windwood advises, trains, and consults on how change happens individually, organizationally, and societally. She is on the faculty of the RSF Social Finance Just Economy Institute and is the founder of New Universal, which centers human wisdom in the wisdom of brown women. Rajasvini Bhansali is the executive director of Solidaire Network, a community of donor organizers mobilizing critical resources to the frontlines of social justice. She has a wide-ranging career devoted to racial, economic, and climate justice.
Product Details ISBN: 9781523002825
ISBN-10: 1523002824
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication Date: October 4th, 2022
Pages: 224
Language: English
“In compact chapters, delicious and meditative as poems, succulent with story, this book offers empowerment, clarity, pleasure, and an infinite array of tools and guidance to help us feel better about our lives and the work we do, both together and alone.”
—Naomi Shihab Nye, Young People’s Poet Laureate

“This slim volume engaged me powerfully. It’s a book about being human. It’s not just smart; it’s wise—kind, generous, rigorous, and necessary and exactly right for the tough moment we find ourselves in.”
—Bill McKibben, founder of Third Act

“This book is a remarkable contribution to the canon on leadership. Akaya and Rajasvini are storytellers and offer practical lessons through poetic and engaging language. This is a book for anyone who cares about community and well-being.”
—Ai-Jen Poo, President, National Domestic Workers Alliance