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ERIC Number: ED528404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 181
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1094-7068-0
Wounded Leader: An Archetypal Embodiment of Compassionate Transcendent Leadership
Mears, Kathryn
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Seattle University
The purpose of this study was to seek to further the formation of the emerging transcendent leadership model by exploring the archetypal image identified as wounded leader. The wounded leader archetype is introduced as a leadership style of influence that fits well within the framework of the transcendent leadership model. This study re-examined the lives of two past exemplary leaders whose style of influence on others was either direct or indirect. Candidates were selected from past exemplary leaders who were embodiments of the wounded leader archetype, considered ahead of their time, and had overcome personal trials and tribulations to reach the stage of maturation identified as generativity. As the result of the personal development, each was capable of leading his constituents successfully through periods of profound crisis. Using narrative analysis, a cross-case comparison was conducted. The participants selected for the study were Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, and Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Both participants had personally prevailed during periods of profound woundedness within their personal lives, and each participant overcame his sense of being wounded to experience a sense of wholeness. Each participant came to believe he now had a divine purpose in his life as one who could influence others by example. The contextual framework for the study was a three phase quest journey: (1) Call to depart. (2) Initiation (trail of trials). (3) Return (being a boon-bringer, the embodiment of wounded leader). After a comprehensive review of related literature, data were gathered, summarized, and displayed within two separate and detailed biographies. When compared, significant commonalities were discovered, and when these commonalities were woven together, invariant themes and patterns emerged. The themes and patterns were presented within the context of answering the research questions. Conclusions and recommendations for both further study and development of policy were made. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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