Cossermelli, L. (2021). A transpersonal exploration of a leader’s transformative journey, and the effects on the organization – A case study [Unpublished Master’s thesis]. Alef Trust & Liverpool John Moores University.

This case study is a transpersonal exploration of a senior business leader’s transformative journey and how his organization was affected. An in-depth understanding was formulated through multiple data sources. Three semi-structured interviews were conducted, and documents from the organization, which included associate surveys, business presentations and reports, office images and leadership meetings’ photo-protocols, were analysed and integrated. Six key themes emerged from data analysis: preparation, the leaders’ journey of dissolution, the organization’s soul encounter, metamorphosis, enactment and actualized senior leader. These themes were explored in relation to the relevant literature regarding the experience of global business leaders, followed by an exploration of a calling for leadership transformation, aiming to cope with uncertainty and constant rapid change, and finally, the impact on the organization, when leadership matures from silo- and individual-thinking to a common-purpose direction. From the themes, a textural description was written to explore the essence of each step of the transformative journey, starting from the senior leader and followed by a collective shift of the organization’s ego. The research investigated how the transpersonal approach might bring an actualized view to business and leadership, enabling a collective transformation, giving rise to more engaged and happier people, reaching high performance and positive business results.

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