Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The value of leadership development programs for First Nation leaders
by Dion-Arkinson, Deborah, D.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2016, 227; 10032407
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to explore the value of leadership development programs from the perspectives of leaders in a First Nation, located in Canada. The goal of the study was to explore the perceptions of tribal leaders on the cultural appropriateness and perceived benefits of leadership development programs. A purposeful sampling criterion was used to select seven participants for the study. Multiple sources were used for evidence collection: in-depth interviews, observations, Council meeting minutes, and an annual audit report. Analyzing the data involved comparison and cross-case analysis techniques to synthesize the findings and identify recurring themes. The findings and conclusions showed rich descriptions of 17 sub-themes divided into three themes: seven sub-themes address the value and meaning of leadership, four sub-themes deal with the adequacy of leadership development programs, and six sub-themes focus on the cultural appropriateness of leadership development programs. The importance of retaining and preserving the cultural values and beliefs in leadership roles among the leaders of this First Nation was evident. This study may contribute to the cultural-appropriateness of leadership development programs focusing on the cultural traditions and ways of life of First Nation people.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Navarro, Maria
Commitee: Kangas, Lisa, Park, Charles C.
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Advanced Sciences
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 77/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Canadian studies, Ethnic studies, Native American studies
Keywords: First nations leaders, Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous leadership, Leadership, Leadership development, Tribal leadership
Publication Number: 10032407
ISBN: 978-1-339-53566-1
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