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.
|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|
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