Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Collaborative Inquiry on Behaviors that Broaden Awareness and Effectively Direct Attention
by McKegney, Daniel A., M.A., Saint Mary's College of California, 2014, 81; 1584869
Abstract (Summary)

I facilitated an eight week Collaborative Inquiry research project with six members of an Alumni group holding diverse leadership roles. Influenced by Daniel Goleman's book Focus (2013), the purpose of the research was to enhance high performance leadership practice. The research group participated in four cycles of Action Research to enrich ‘inner’, ‘other’ and ‘outer’ awareness and practice directing personal and group attention. Methods to adapt habits and promote learning communities were articulated through the first half of the project, and then emphasis shifted to enabling transformation on a systemic level. Storytelling and scenario planning became keystone leadership practices the group experimented with and refined. This co-operative discovery connected theory to practice influencing an emergent paradigm of focus. New insights into leadership learning, development and transformation were produced. The research also informed how non-traditional educational communities can influence capacity development from the perspective of a rising generation of leaders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Masai, Ann
School: Saint Mary's College of California
Department: Leadership Studies Programs
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Management, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Action inquiry, Adaptive leadership, Broadening awareness, Communities of practice, Directing attention, Transformative leadership
Publication Number: 1584869
ISBN: 978-1-321-60070-4
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