Creating Leaders: An Ontological/Phenomenological Approach, An Introduction (PDF File of PowerPoint Slides)

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Kari L. Granger

Kari Granger, LLC

Werner Erhard


Michael C. Jensen

Harvard Business School; SSRN; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Harvard University - Accounting & Control Unit

Date Written: May 30, 2013


This presentation given at the University of British Columbia (entrepreneurship@UBC) is available on video at the following location:

The presentation is based on my colleagues (Werner Erhard, Michael Jensen and Steve Zaffron) and my research program over the last nine years in which our objective has been to rigorously distinguish leader and leadership and to create a technology for providing access to being a leader and exercising leadership effectively as one’s natural self-expression (in short, a technology for reliably creating leaders). This presentation is a new expression of an earlier talk created by Werner Erhard, Michael Jensen and Kari Granger ( Our research program involves not only discovering the technology, but also to create a course that would be available to others to use, experiment with, research, improve on and innovate from. Our efforts thus required an experimental laboratory to discover what will enable us as educators and trainers to efficiently and effectively create leaders.

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 scholars to access, study, research, and teach being a leader and the effective exercise of leadership as these are actually lived and experienced.

Dean Mark Zupan of the U. of Rochester Simon School Of Business provided us with a research/teaching laboratory during the five years (2004-2008) we worked there with students, alumni, executives, and faculty from various academic institutions. This laboratory allowed us to investigate leader and leadership as phenomena, and to create technologies for providing actionable access to leader and leadership. The course is now also taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy since 2008, was delivered in 2009 at the Erasmus Academie (Rotterdam), and a version of which was taught at the Erasmus University Law School. In June 2010 the course was taught at the Mays School of Business, Texas A&M University, in November 2010 in India under the auspices of the IC Centre for Governance and MW Corp, at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in June 2012, and in Whistler, B.C. Canada in October 2012 under the auspices of the Erhard-Jensen Ontological Initiative, at entrepreneurship@UBC, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada in June 2013, in Cancun, Mexico for the benefit of the Erhard-Jensen Ontological / Phenomenological Initiative in October 2013, in Singapore, hosted by Nanyang Technological University in July 2014, in Bermuda for the benefit of the Erhard-Jensen Ontological/Phenomenological Initiative in October 2014 and in Dubai, UAE held at the Zayed University Convention Center in January 2015. In 2010 we taught a program at the US Air Force Academy to train 41 scholars (from various academic institutions in Europe and North America) in delivering the course (all of whom had previously taken the course) under the sponsorship of the Kauffman Foundation, the Gruter Institute and the Air Force Academy. We have also taught the course to a group of over 200 consultants from more than 60 firms who now offer the course to their clients.

For the most recent course material used in delivering this course, see

Keywords: Leader, Leadership, Ontology, Phenomenology

JEL Classification: M1, M13

Suggested Citation

Granger, Kari L. and Erhard, Werner and Jensen, Michael C., Creating Leaders: An Ontological/Phenomenological Approach, An Introduction (PDF File of PowerPoint Slides) (May 30, 2013). Barbados Group Working Paper No. 13-04, Available at SSRN: or

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