Otto Scharmer surely is one of our guiding lights at THNK. His theorizing on leadership development explicitly focuses on the rather spiritual aspects of the human psyche and is gaining ground at impressive speed. We think his books are a must-read for all who are interested in the emerging future of leadership theory and practice.
Otto Scharmer is an action researcher that creates profound innovation in learning and leadership in a variety of impressive ways. The common denominators of his work tend to be their cross-sector focus and their attention to the psychology behind the individual's journey toward truly effective leadership.
Perhaps Scharmer's most well-known achievement is related to the theoretical framework and practice called "presencing" that he presented in his recent book Theory U: Leading from the future as it emerges (2007), as well as in Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society (2005), co-authored with Peter Senge, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers. With his colleagues, Scharmer has used presencing to facilitate innovation and change processes both within companies and across societal systems.