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ERIC Number: ED532087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 327
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1093-8811-4
Mindful Intuition: An Effective Leadership Response to the Community College Environment
Ryslinge, Birgitte
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Alliant International University, San Francisco Bay
Despite evidence of widespread reliance on intuition by leaders and evidence that consequences of such reliance can be positive or negative, the effective integration of intuition in leadership is not well understood. This constructivist grounded theory study explored how some leaders in California community colleges (CC) experienced intuition and how they effectively integrated intuitive practices in their work lives. Fifteen high-level experienced CC executives participated in in-depth semi-structured interviews and completed two quantitative assessment measures: the Agor Intuition Measurement (AIM) Survey (1989a) and the Intuition Scale of the EQ Map Questionnaire (Cooper, 1997). Qualitative data analysis using grounded theory methodology was used to develop a theoretical framework of Mindful Intuition (MI). The MI framework proposes a central relationship between intuition and leadership for most of these CC leaders. The participants in this study understood their intuition to be necessary, vital, and uniquely suited to the imperatives of CC leadership. A central proposal of the MI framework is that intuition was experienced and practiced by these managers in particular ways (labeled as mindful) that enhanced the effectiveness of not just their intuitive experience, but of overall leadership. The MI framework conceptualizes certain environmental factors and individual characteristics as relevant to variations in the experience of mindful intuition. This study provides educational leaders with increased understanding of how intuition might be most effectively used to lead in educational settings, ultimately of benefit to all stakeholders served by Community Colleges. The findings of this study add depth to the understanding of intuition for individuals and organizations, with a particular focus on ways in which intuitive practices can enhance effectiveness. The study makes suggestions for immediate application of findings. [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
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California