6/26/2018 12:00 AM
10:45am - 12:15pm | Sierra


Using Well-known Definitions to Trigger Deep Explorations into What We Value

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Session Description:
The way we define leadership – the words and phrases we use and their implied meanings – says something about how we view leadership and what we value in a leader. Even prominent leadership scholars do not agree on how leadership is defined (Northouse, 2016). Since there’s no single definition of leadership, how we define it becomes personal and says something about who we are, what we value, and the message we want to send to others as we express our views about leadership.

In this experiential learning activity, participants will examine six very different, prominent definitions of leadership, including Kouzes and Posner’s definition. This activity is a great starting place to talk about what leadership is (and isn’t), how it differs from management, diverse viewpoints of leadership, and an introduction to Kouzes and Posner’s definition. But perhaps most importantly, this activity offers a conduit to a discussion that how we define leadership says something about what we value in a leader. It segues from discussion about “What is leadership?” into one that explores our core values.

Kouzes and Posner say that exemplary leaders are attentive to the language and words we use because they are metaphors for concepts that define attitudes and behaviors, among other things. When we are able to understand how we define leadership for ourselves, it empowers us to put it into action.
"The Leadership Challenge Forum is a transformational leadership experience. I appreciate the opportunity to learn from leadership scholars and experts coupled with the opportunity to network with colleagues."
- Ron Siers, Department Chair, Department of Education Specialties at Salisbury University

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