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30-Apr-2021 • Joe Handley

30-Apr-2021 • Joe Handley • blog: Polycentric Leadership

30-Apr-2021 • Joe Handley • blog: Polycentric Leadership

Joseph W. Handley, Jr.
POLYCENTRICISM AND MISSION
As the world struggles with mounting tensions,...

Joseph W. Handley, Jr.
POLYCENTRICISM AND MISSION
As the world struggles with mounting tensions, I am convinced that we need a new approach to leadership. This year in particular, these issues leaped...

Joseph W. Handley, Jr.
POLYCENTRICISM AND MISSION
As the world struggles with mounting tensions, I am convinced that we need a new approach to leadership. This year in particular, these issues leaped in front of us as a global pandemic hit our world,...

Leading Polycentrically in Mission
A Leadership Model for a Polarized World
A Leadership Model for a Polarized World

03-Mar-2021 • Joe Handley

03-Mar-2021 • Joe Handley • blog: Polycentric Leadership

03-Mar-2021 • Joe Handley • blog: Polycentric Leadership

Polycentric Leadership: a leadership model for a polarized world 
The past thirteen months have...

Polycentric Leadership: a leadership model for a polarized world 
The past thirteen months have been one of the most disruptive seasons in my lifetime. A global pandemic, one of the worst economies...

Polycentric Leadership: a leadership model for a polarized world 
The past thirteen months have been one of the most disruptive seasons in my lifetime. A global pandemic, one of the worst economies of the century, and a divisive political environment...

A Leadership Model for a Polarized World
Polycentric Leadership: a podcast on my dissertation
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...

Polycentric Leadership: a podcast on my dissertation
What is Polycentric Leadership?
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...

What is Polycentric Leadership?
Leading Mission Movements
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...

Leading Mission Movements
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Polycentric Leadership: a podcast on my dissertation
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What is Polycentric Leadership?
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Leading Mission Movements
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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.
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Polycentric Leadership: a New Theory for Global Leadership 

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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.

 

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Charisma Theme

 Polycentric Leadership

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is CHARISMATIC leadership.

 

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Community Theme

 Polycentric Leadership

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is always COMMUNAL in nature.

 

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Relatability Theme

 Polycentric Leaders

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are RELATIONAL leaders.

 

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Entrepreneurism Theme

Polycentric Leadership

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exhibits a bold ENTREPRENEURIAL spirit.

 

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Collaboration Theme

 Polycentric Leaders

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lead in a COLLABORATIVE way.

 

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Diversity Theme

 Polycentric Leadership

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leverages DIVERSE leaders and styles.

 

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