Shamanic Leadership

  • Sandra WaddockEmail author
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A shamanic leader is someone who focuses on healing or making the organization, community, or world better, connecting across boundaries and disciplines to create integrative insights and practices, and sensemaking to provide meaning and purpose. These three functions of healing, connecting, and sensemaking are undertaken in the service of a better world.


In many traditional communities, an important leadership figure is the local shaman, the medicine woman or man, often a locally respected, even revered figure in the community (Waddock 2017). Many traditional and Indigenous communities rely on shamans for their healing abilities, as well as their wisdom. Shamans work to heal the community and individual patients. Though not all leaders are shamans, many more leaders and enterprises of all sorts could benefit from explicitly taking on the healing mantle of the...


Shamanic Leaders Shamanic Tradition Shamanic Tasks Shamanic Skills Cultural Mythology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Carroll School of ManagementBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA