Leadership From The I Ching: Natural Hierarchy & Distributed Empowerment
Although this text was born at the dawn of written human history, its principles are still fresh. Today we can appreciate its wisdom in terms that are accessible to the modern people. This translation and commentary offers the I Ching as a manual and guide for virtuous leaders, those who live to serve others, and those who aspire to foster healthy, awake societies and organizations in these challenging times.
The I Ching’s integrative view functions on multiple strata–mathematically, symbolically, linguistically, and in its overall narrative of social development. Its presentation of natural and social processes provides a concise and exquisitely structured theoretical framework that can support the essential inquiry of our time: how to bring a good human society into being from the political, social, economic and ecological chaos that looms before us today. It proffers a map of social development based on its understanding of natural law, spiritual wisdom and the practical application of social principles based on interdependence and virtue. It is at once spiritual, visionary, and intensely practical. Its view spans both the profundity and the immeasurable complexity of human society as it develops, organizes itself, and changes with the four seasons and the five elements.
Contemplating this ancient classic from the perspective of social and organizational change, we discover a treasure of insight and wisdom that can benefit wise leaders and people of virtue of any stratum of society. It explores how to understand and engineer social ecologies so that they are inclusive, environmentally sound, decent, and so they support the wakeful journey of beings at every stratum of society.