ERIC Number: ED327499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-17
Leadership Development as a Result of Self-Knowledge and Self-Control. (Preliminary Draft).
Holst, Alvin W.
Ineffectiveness in leadership (tyranny) happens because the person does not learn effective ways to satisfy deep and possibly unconscious motives. A person attempting to fulfill the obligations of a leadership position can be very effective if he/she can control his/her personal motives as a part of fulfilling the needs of the position. The person lacking in self-awareness also lacks self-control, which leads to a sense of "being out of control." An out-of-control person tends to see tyrannical practices as the acceptable means to regain control. The essence of the effectiveness of the leadership development model described in this paper is found in the process or experience of self-discovery. Through the use of objective measures of selected factors such as the ability to trust, positiveness of attitude, level of moral functioning, leadership style, brain dominance, need for power, and orientation to conflict, the individual is provided with important personal data. This body of information provides the basis for the activities which lead to growth in the identified areas of weakness. The individual's acknowledgement of these measured traits plays an important role in considering the importance of such factors as integrity, authenticity, and empowerment, as well as in avoiding addictive behaviors in the act of leadership. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council of States on Inservice Education (15th, Orlando, FL, November 16-20, 1990).