What is PCL?

AsianAccess logo 2018tag white shadow

Menu
Polycentric Leadership: a podcast on my dissertation

28-Aug-2020 • Joe Handley

28-Aug-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

28-Aug-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

A Deep Dive into Polycentric Leadership
I was interviewed recently by Asia Leadership Development Network’s Baolerhu Ligden...

A Deep Dive into Polycentric Leadership
I was interviewed recently by Asia Leadership Development Network’s Baolerhu Ligden for their Unleash Podcast series. The interview dove into my doctoral...

A Deep Dive into Polycentric Leadership
I was interviewed recently by Asia Leadership Development Network’s Baolerhu Ligden for their Unleash Podcast series. The interview dove into my doctoral thesis about "Polycentric Leadership," overviewing...

What is Polycentric Leadership?

14-Aug-2020 • Joe Handley

14-Aug-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: Polycentric Leadership

14-Aug-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: Polycentric Leadership

Polycentric Leadership: a New Theory for Global Leadership 
As our world struggles with tensions,...

Polycentric Leadership: a New Theory for Global Leadership 
As our world struggles with tensions, polarities, and what feel like perpetual challenges, I am convinced that we need a new approach to...

Polycentric Leadership: a New Theory for Global Leadership 
As our world struggles with tensions, polarities, and what feel like perpetual challenges, I am convinced that we need a new approach to leadership. This conviction compelled me to study...

Leading Mission Movements

13-Aug-2020 • Joe Handley

13-Aug-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: Polycentric Leadership

13-Aug-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: Polycentric Leadership

Over the past eight years I have been researching various aspects of leadership to gain a deeper understanding...

Over the past eight years I have been researching various aspects of leadership to gain a deeper understanding of how to lead mission movements within the globalized ecosystem in which we now live. This...

Over the past eight years I have been researching various aspects of leadership to gain a deeper understanding of how to lead mission movements within the globalized ecosystem in which we now live. This article presents a new theory on polycentric leadership...

Thoughts on Charisma

14-Jul-2020 • Joe Handley

14-Jul-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: Polycentric Leadership

14-Jul-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: Polycentric Leadership

How important is ‘charisma’ to leadership?
I posed this particular question to two national...

How important is ‘charisma’ to leadership?
I posed this particular question to two national leaders from different countries in South Asia recently. I want to share some of their reflections...

How important is ‘charisma’ to leadership?
I posed this particular question to two national leaders from different countries in South Asia recently. I want to share some of their reflections here. The first leader responded: "Joe...
...

Charismatic Theme

14-Jul-2020 • Joe Handley

14-Jul-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: Polycentric Leadership

14-Jul-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: Polycentric Leadership

CHARISMA includes a strong foundation and a strong set of core values. Charisma is more than just having...

CHARISMA includes a strong foundation and a strong set of core values. Charisma is more than just having charismatic personality. It involves strength of character, trustworthiness, and a faithful presence....

CHARISMA includes a strong foundation and a strong set of core values. Charisma is more than just having charismatic personality. It involves strength of character, trustworthiness, and a faithful presence. Charisma is vital to effective...
...

previous arrowprevious arrow
next arrownext arrow
Shadow
Slider

PCL Logo cross

Collaborative, communal leadership
empowering multiple centers of influence and
a diverse array of leaders to meet today's challenges.



Article Index

polycentrism / pol-ee-sen'-triz-uhm / noun

    1. the doctrine that a plurality of independent centers of leadership, power, or ideology may exist within a single political system;
    2. the fact of having many centers of authority or importance.
      Dictionary.com

Polycentric Leadership: a New Theory for Global Leadership 

A2 core network cloud 2018 detail

As our world struggles with tensions, polarities, and what feel like perpetual challenges, I am convinced that we need a new approach to leadership. This conviction compelled me to study global leadership to see if a new type of leadership might better fit current realities. My reviews of a variety of leadership models brought Polycentrism to my attention.1

Polycentrism provides a strong paradigm for leading effectively in an interdependent, networked world. Through review of recent discoveries in history2 as well as ongoing studies in governance,3 I discerned six key themes that comprise an emerging new theoretical model which I call Polycentric Leadership—charismatic, relational, collaborative, communal, entrepreneurial, and diverse. This model—a collaborative, communal approach to leadership that empowers multiple centers of influence as well as a diverse array of leaders—is uniquely suited to engage the leadership issues we currently face. We need one another!

“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”
~ Romans 12:4-5 ESV

A Trinitarian Approach to Leadership

trinitarianPolycentric Leadership is grounded in the model of how our Lord works through His Trinitarian self. Mission studies increasingly cite the Trinity as a paradigm for mission. This insight has implications for the way we lead.4

Just as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit lead in a polycentric fashion, we as leaders can do the same. As we become more polycentric in our leadership, we can become more like Christ, the Good Shepherd and Servant Leader.

Polycentric Leadership

A2 core network cloud 2018 detailLeading today requires a broader array of voices, representing local and regional constituencies who are empowered to self-organize within complex, adaptive, and self-regulating systems. Polycentric Leadership functions across multiple spheres of influence. These include but are not limited to geography, ethnicity, age, region, gender, and nationality. Ideally, it is inclusive of the various centers of influence within one’s business, network, movement, or organization.

Polycentric Leadership draws from a rich diversity of wisdom to guide an enterprise. From each of these diverse sources, community is formed, rooted in Christ and his tri-fold identity. This community operates collectively, inspired by the Holy Spirit, empowering and releasing the gifts and potential of every member of the community.

Each community draws strength from its uniqueness, which allows each community to operate and coordinate its efforts according to its distinct calling and vision. The community forms interdependent teams, working together through shared perspectives and collective processes. They are entrepreneurial networks, catalyzing self-governing entities, empowered to fulfill the purpose in life and vocation.

 

More Information

  • Leading Mission Movements by Joe Handley
  • Coming Soon! Case Studies: to see how polycentric leadership has been effectively applied in various real life situations, producing greater results than traditional leadership models, read these case studies...
    • Asian Acess: Pan Asia Leader Development
    • Sri Lanka Unites
  • Resources on Polycentric Leadership

_________________________________

Joe Handley

Let's continue the discussion. Feel free to connect with Joe online...

  • blog blog
  • twitter twitter
  • instagram instagram
  • facebook facebook
  • Bio bio page
  • email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Charisma Theme

 Polycentric Leadership

love relationship icon
is CHARISMATIC leadership.

 

Learn more...

 

Community Theme

 Polycentric Leadership

disciples icon
is always COMMUNAL in nature.

 

Learn more...

 

Relatability Theme

 Polycentric Leaders

disciples icon
are RELATIONAL leaders.

 

Learn more...

 

Entrepreneurism Theme

Polycentric Leadership

growing christlike icon
exhibits a bold ENTREPRENEURIAL spirit.

 

Learn more...

 

Collaboration Theme

 Polycentric Leaders

disciples icon
lead in a COLLABORATIVE way.

 

Learn more...

 

Diversity Theme

 Polycentric Leadership

disciples icon
leverages DIVERSE leaders and styles.

 

Learn more...

 

Partner Sites

a2 dot business NOtag white 850x120

eastern voices logo 250x40

go2japan logo grey

Our Partners

ECFA  SIM logo grey dropshadow

missio-nexus-logo

Asian Access

changing the few who change the many


PO Box 3307  Cerritos, California 90703 USA

email:  info @ asianaccess.org
phone:  (626) 914-8990
web:  asianaccess.org

give-now button-red

Search this Site

Login