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ERIC Number: EJ1134263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2159-1474
Understanding Leadership: An Experimental-Experiential Model
Hole, George T.
Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, v5 n3 p1-11 2014
Books about leadership are dangerous to readers who fantasize about being leaders or apply leadership ideas as if they were proven formulas. As an antidote, I offer an experimental framework in which any leadership-management model can be tested to gain experiential understanding of the model. As a result one can gain reality-based insights about leadership and oneself. The experiment is described; resistances to engaging it are considered; and examples from a leadership group implementing Covey's "Eight Principles" are summarized. In the course of discussing individual's experiments objections were voiced against this Socratic approach to understanding leadership. Finally, I sketch a perspective for understanding the fit between leaders and followers. Overall, the experiment brought into view one's sense of leadership and authenticity and tested them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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