Self-Deception in Leadership from a Developmental Perspective

Feature Articles / June 2013

“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool”
– William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, Act 5 scene 1

As we ponder the possibility of a recovery from the recent economic slowdown and other political and economic uncertainties it is easy to think that this century and millennium, whose birth was celebrated so enthusiastically thirteen years ago, has not got off to the most auspicious start. It seems that leaders worldwide

12/21 — Reasons and Methods in Dynamic Tension – Parsons School of Design at the UNESCO Futures Literacy Summit

December 2020 / Notes from the Field

Lisa Norton

“2020 brought an unexpected opportunity: a powerful challenge to entrenched ways of thinking about the future. The pandemic shock, which has touched every single one of us in various and diverse ways, has allowed for a global experiment with uncertainty. This experiment unveiled a significant flaw in the way humanity uses-the-future today, and opened the door to put into practice new ways of thinking about, and using the future.”[i]

–Riel Miller, Head of Foresight, UNESCO
Lisa Norton

09/17 – An Integral Catholic Leader: Father Anthony de Mello, SJ

Feature Articles / August-November 2013

Giorgio Piacenza Cabrera


Father Anthony de Mello SJ is considered one of the foremost mystical theologians of the late Twentieth Century. His simple and direct approach to life continues to untie all kinds of blockages preventing man’s acceptance of his spiritual nature, even decades after his unexpected death. De Mello’s radiated authenticity, love for all and his characteristic laughter tended to disarm any negative preconceived notions against his ideas. As far as my research goes, I’d say that most …

Leading Comments

Leading Comments / June 2013

Mark McCaslin

What a pleasure it is to present the June issue of the Integral Leadership Review. This issue is packed with quality contributions and discussion concerning the nature of integral leadership. Be sure to check out Elza Maalouf’s and Russ Volckmann’s conversation in Fresh Perspectives. I think you will enjoy their discussion concerning Elza’s activities in the Middle East with Don Beck as they introduced spiral dynamics to Palestine. In addition, make sure you take a moment to …

Living, Learning, and Leading within the Integral Space: Energizing Integral Leadership through Experiential Learning

Feature Articles / March 2013

Mark McCaslin and Jason Flora

There is an important relationship at work concerning integral leadership and the notion of the leader in a teaching and learning role. Integral leadership positions itself at the intersections of potential and therefore seeks the ability to use multiple approaches, multiple lenses, and to fashion the wide-reaching theoretical aims of leadership studies towards addressing existing problems and emergent opportunities. Integral Leadership illuminates the interrelationships occurring within this intersectional space, this transdisciplinary space, thereby inviting the …

Integral North: The Alchemy of Potential

Column / August 2012

Mark McCaslin

Nature strives towards perfection.
– Aristotle

I originally began this issue’s column with quite a different idea. I had purposed myself to delve into the notion of Integral Leadership as a philosophy over a defined field. A recent conversation with Russ Volckmann was the catalyst for that idea. Then I learned that one of my early potentiators, Stephen R. Covey, had recently died from injuries he had sustained in a biking accident and that topic was put on …

Transdisciplinary Reflections

Column / August 2012

Five Dimensions of Applied Transdisciplinarity

Alfonso Montuori

There’s an emerging literature arguing for the importance of a transdisciplinary approach, outlining its philosophical roots, and articulating the need for transdisciplinarity in our present situation. Transdisciplinarity is already branching out in many different forms and on many different levels, from the highly theoretical to the more applied. In the following pages I’d like to explore an over-arching framework for applied transdisciplinarity. In other words, it’s one way to get started doing transdisciplinary …

Consciousness Models in Action: Comparisons

Feature Articles / June 2012

 Maretha Prinsloo


This paper discusses various theoretical models of the evolution of consciousness as well as critically evaluates and integrates the models into a single organising framework, which is then applied to leadership theory.

The construct of consciousness as described by the Spiral Dynamics (SD) model of Clare Graves is linked to the work of other developmental and consciousness theorists, namely Wilber, Gebser, Piaget, May, Kohlberg, Perry, Loevinger, Maslow and Kegan. The spiritual perspectives of Wilber, Myss, Tolle, Atmananda …

Feature Article: What is Second Tier: Powers and Perspectives Available to Leaders at Second Tier

Feature Articles / June 2011

Wayne Carr, Ph.D.


My intenIion is to bring forth some different perspectives on second tier (see my definition of second tier under the next heading). I will tap into a fountain and share some water with you. I intend to look around and fine some elephants that might be in the room.

I want to clarify distinctions between first, second and third tier. I will look at the roles of stuckness, pathology, authority, contactfulness, non-local consciousness, non-dual …

Leadership Emerging

Leadership Emerging / March 2010

arbingerThe Arbinger Institute. Leadership and Self-Deception. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler 2010.

Self-deception shapes our experiences of life. This book seeks to determine the extent and implications of how it blinds us to seeing the true causes of our problems. The work of the Institute in teaching people about self-deception and how to address it is that it “sharpens vision, reduces feelings of conflict, enlivens the desire for teamwork, redoubles accountability, magnifies the capacity to achieve results and deepens satisfaction and …