Welcome to the 2018 Leadership Course. I am so excited to provide an experience during which you will have the opportunity to explore being a leader as your natural self expression in any circumstance. In this course you will be provided with a unique opportunity including an actionable pathway to do with yourself what you must do so that:
You are a person of integrity
You are authentic
You are given being and action by something bigger than oneself
You are cause-in-the-matter
Each of these as your natural self-expression.
With that opportunity, the choice to be so is yours.
Ontology is the study or science of the nature and function of being (as in “being a leader”), and phenomenology is the method of direct access used in ontology to study and research the nature and function of being (as in being’s impact on “exercising leadership effectively”). In the Course, we are going to explore being a leader rather than describing leadership or leader. 1000’s of books describe leadership and leader but do not provide an access to being a leader as your natural self expression.
Your Leadership Project
Any leadership project exists as a leadership project because there is a concern to be fulfilled. As we use the term concern, we mean “a matter of fundamental interest or importance.” Your Course Leadership Project will come from a concern you have (or that another or others may have), the fulfillment of which you will take on.
Why the Need for a Course Leadership Project?
You may come to the course with one or more already-existing leadership project, and you are welcome to work on it. However, to realize the promise of this course, you must have a leadership project that allows you to start trying out (start putting into practice) what is presented in the part of this course contained in the pre-classroom readings and then the part of the course presented in the classroom sessions. This must be a leadership project that you can complete by the end of the classroom part of the course, or at least have moved along significantly by the end of the classroom part of the course. We will name this leadership project your “Course Leadership Project.”
Creating a Course Leadership Project for yourself provides you with the personal laboratory necessary for trying out what is presented in the part of the course contained in the pre-classroom readings and trying out what is presented in the classroom sessions of the course.
Putting all the foregoing into one sentence: You must create your Course Leadership Project for the specific purpose of both 1) being able to complete your Course Leadership Project by the end of the classroom part of the course, or at least have moved it along significantly by the end of the classroom part of the course, and 2) being a personal laboratory in which you try out (start putting into practice) what is presented in the part of this course contained in the pre-classroom readings and then the part of the course presented in the classroom sessions.
Leadership occurs in the present and in action. It does not occur in the mind.
Your homework assignment is to create your Course Leadership Project and to read the attached article on Integrity. In order to receive the promise of this Course, you must read all assignments and complete all homework. This is your Course.
If you have any questions, please let me know. The next Homework assignment will be sent on April 23, 2018.
Click here for your Reading Assignment. Integrity Assignment No. 1
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