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ERIC Number: ED356745
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-15
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Teaching Leadership: Graduate Students and Freshmen Learn from Ancient Leaders.
McCarthy, Joseph M.
This paper describes a pedagogic strategy that uses ancient texts for teaching college freshmen academic skills, habits of inquiry, and leadership. Applicability of these pedagogic ideas to a graduate course in leadership is discussed. Among the texts discussed are: (1) Gilgamesh; (2) "The Odyssey"; (3) "Oedipus the King"; (4) Sundiata; and (5) the Gospel of Luke." In a discussion of reading "Gilgamesh" with students the paper mentions the signs and consequences of organizational malaise which demonstrates a misuse of power, failure to take up a central responsibility of his kingship and failure to be "future-focused." The study of Oedipus is a vehicle for exploring the pride that goes before a fall and the tragic flaw that results in a sudden reversal of fortune. In the case of Oedipus the tragic flaw centers on the legitimacy of his claim to leadership. The paper's discussion of the Odyssey suggests that it offers two models of strong female leadership in the case of the goddess Athena who sets the plot in motion as the book opens and in the form of Nausikaa, a king's daughter who displays the poise essential to leadership and a talent for task organization. The paper closes by arguing that in courses on leadership which include many theories, models and research to cover, students are powerfully assisted by encountering elemental examples from ancient literature. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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