Exploring Leadership With Riane Eisler

Exploring Leadership With Riane Eisler

Exploring Leadership is a series of conversations hosted by Kathryn Goldman Schuyler in which she introduces viewers to leaders who dance with possibility and whose creativity, depth, and vision bring leadership to life — people from many arenas whose lives add vitality and meaning to our planet.

This episode is part of a series on Creative Leadership to Transform the World recorded during the 2020 novel coronavirus pandemic. In the series, Kathryn interviews people whose work can help us think about how we want our society to be on the other side of this crisis — whose approaches make a difference for what we can imagine and do as the immediate crisis passes.

In this episode, Kathryn interviews Riane Eisler, President of the Center for Partnership Studies and visionary author of global best-seller The Chalice and the Blade and other influential books. They address the value of distinguishing between partnership and domination-based societies and why thinking about the value of partnership may be particularly important during this period of global crisis.

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler has many years of experience in leadership development, organizational consulting, research, and somatic learning. She has helped hundreds of executives to cultivate healthy organizations and is Professor Emeritus of Organization Development at Alliant International University. Kathryn has published widely on leadership and change and is the author of Inner Peace – Global Impact (IAP, 2012) and the lead editor of Leading With Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity (Jossey Bass/Wiley, 2014), and Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World (Emerald, 2016).

Her recent research focuses on awareness and mindfulness at work: her published work in this area highlights how being fully present enhanced participants’ connectedness with others and with the natural environment and renewed their sense of purpose in their work. She has studied mindfulness and awareness with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mingyur Rinpoche, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, and other masterful teachers of meditation. Kathryn and her husband, a composer, live overlooking San Francisco, a view that encourages them to pause and appreciate gleaming sunsets and foggy mornings, the calls of ravens and the circling of hawks, and the sparkling city lights.

Riane Eisler

Riane Eisler, JD, PhD (hon), is president of the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS), Editor-in-Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, and author of The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future; Sacred Pleasure, Tomorrow’s Children; The Power of Partnership; and The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics. Her recent Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and Future (co-authored with Douglas Fry; Oxford University Press, 2019) combines her research with findings from the social and biological sciences, especially neuroscience. Eisler keynotes conferences worldwide and consults for governments on the partnership model. She authored over 500 articles for outlets including The Christian Science Monitor, Human Rights Quarterly, and International Journal of Women's Studies.