The Sixth and Seventh of Nine Pre-Classroom Readings, 'Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership: An Ontological/Phenomenological Model'
90 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2009 Last revised: 28 Feb 2019
Date Written: August 8, 2018
This paper is the sixth and seventh of nine pre-classroom readings for our leadership course.
The intention of this one semester leadership course is to leave participants actually being leaders and exercising leadership effectively as their natural self-expression. By “natural self-expression” we mean a way of being and acting in any leadership situation that is a spontaneous and intuitive effective response to what one is dealing with. The course is based on a new science of leadership. In addition to being designed to actually create leaders, this new science of leadership enables faculty in higher education to access, study, research, and teach being a leader and the effective exercise of leadership as these are actually lived and experienced.
History of the Course:
The course was first developed by the authors at the University of Rochester Simon School of Business, NY, USA, from 2004 to 2008, working each year with 70 to 115 undergraduates, graduate students, administrators, alumni, business executives and consultants, and faculty from various academic institutions. The course has been taught in the curriculum at the US Air Force Academy since 2008; at Erasmus Academie Rotterdam, Netherlands, in June 2009 (a version of which was also taught at the Erasmus University Law School in 2009 and 2010); at Texas A&M University Mays School of Business, USA, in June 2010; in India under the auspices of the IC Centre for Governance and MW Corporation in November 2010; at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, USA, in June 2012; at University of British Columbia’s entrepreneurship@UBC, Canada, in June 2013; at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in July 2014; held at the Zayed University Convention Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in January 2015; and at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, USA, in June 2016; in Abu Dhabi, UAE in October 2016 and at University of California, Los Angeles, USA in July 2018.. Courses offered for the benefit of the Erhard-Jensen Ontological / Phenomenological Initiative include: Whistler, B.C. Canada, in October 2012; Bermuda in November 2014; Cancun, Mexico, in October 2013 and December 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE in October 2016; in Cancun, Mexico in October 2017 and in Cancun, Mexico in October 2018.
The promise of the course is to leave participants actually being leaders and exercising leadership effectively as their natural self expression, and for the course to contribute to creating a new science of leadership.
Our desire is to make the course available to faculty in accredited colleges and universities to teach it, to communicate it and to extend it. This material is not fully complete nor is it polished to our standards. We are releasing the material so that we can benefit from the comments, criticisms and suggestions of others in higher education who share our desire to accelerate the development of a true science of leadership. We want to see this material (or material derived from it) taught in every major accredited college and university.
While the course is still a work in progress, we, the authors and instructors, are making all the materials available through SSRN (Social Science Research Network) to those faculty members who wish to teach versions of the course in a university or college setting.
Keywords: Leadership, Ontology, worldview, frames of reference, ontological constraints, functional constraints, perceptual constraints
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