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The public official leadership experience: A case study of leadership collier and its impact on motivating and empowering select citizens
by Curatolo, Courtney, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2012, 219; 3585013
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation explored a type of qualitative case study based on the experiences of 11 graduates from Leadership Collier, a Naples, Florida-based leadership program, who had run for public office after completing the program. The researcher assessed the program goals, participant experiences and motivation with regard to community involvement and running for elected office. It was the belief of the researcher that there was a need for more qualified and effective leaders to run for public office at the local, state, and national levels of government. Therefore, the purpose of this dissertation study was to understand what leadership experiences gained through participating in a leadership training program could empower and motivate a person to run for public office.

Information provided in this dissertation includes an introduction, the study’s purpose and research questions, methodology, critical terms, an examination of the literature review, study findings, researcher reflections, and recommendations for future studies. Data analysis codes in this study include sense of community, social capital, program design, confidentiality, diversity, bonding, empowerment, and motivation. Research findings showed that Leadership Collier has motivated and empowered select citizens to run for public office by providing experiences that have enabled individuals to develop leadership skills, become aware of community issues, develop confidence and a sense of community, expand social capital, and increase engagement in the community.

Keywords: leadership, public office, empowerment, motivation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bryan, Valeria
School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 75/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Adult education, Continuing education
Keywords: Empowerment, Lifelong learning, Motivation, Public office
Publication Number: 3585013
ISBN: 978-1-303-76836-1
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