Marilyn Fowler- Indigenous Ways Of Knowing And Contemporary Leadership

What does an ancient community in Norway have to tell us about leadership in the modern world? Turns out, a culture that has been around for 10,000 years has quite a bit of wisdom to share, if only someone were to ask. Our speaker for this enlightening edition of the Thursday Soapbox at John F. Kennedy University did just that. Marilyn Fowler, PhD and Former Chair of the Consciousness and Transformation Studies program, traveled to the northern lands of her ancient, blond ancestors, the Sami, with a question: What makes a good leader? Fowler’s findings changed her life and lead to the publication of her new book, Blond Roots: A Cross-Cultural Journey of Identity. While discovering her own ancestral roots, Fowler discovered a worldview of genuine equality, and what it means to be a leader within that world. “They believe it is their job as leaders to help everyone else that is within their sphere of influence be as successful as possible,” she explains. Much of the time, this simply has to do with listening. While this is not exactly a foreign concept in terms of relating with others, is it not necessarily the type of approach we have come to expect from our leaders. What if it were?

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