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ERIC Number: EJ1158362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1552-9045
Thriving in Complexity: A Framework for Leadership Education
Watkins, Daryl; Earnhardt, Matthew; Pittenger, Linda; Roberts, Robin; Rietsema, Kees; Cosman-Ross, Janet
Journal of Leadership Education, v16 n4 p148-163 Oct 2017
Technological advances, globalization, network complexity, and social complexity complicate almost every aspect of our organizations and environments. Leadership educators are challenged with developing leaders who can sense environmental cues, adapt to rapidly changing contexts, and thrive in uncertainty while adhering to their values systems. In a complex leadership context, inadequate leader responses can result in devastating organizational impacts akin to the butterfly effect from chaos theory. This paper advances a simple model for leadership education based on a program we designed to develop leaders who understand the nature of complex systems, reliably use their ethical value systems, are emotionally intelligent and resilient, and can adapt to emergent situations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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