Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Understanding of Wisdom Within CCCU Presidents
by Peterson, Scott Andrew, Ed.D., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2016, 227; 10286617
Abstract (Summary)

This study offers a view into the presidential leadership of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. The research within this study provides insight regarding the president’s definition of wisdom, and the perception of how wisdom is practiced in relationship to the university and college. A mixed method approach is used with presidents to define and identify the factors that impact the definition, practice, and acquisition of wisdom throughout the university or college.

The survey used in this study builds on the previous research developed by Ludden (2009, 2015). Ludden’s (2009) development of the wisdom-based leadership model (WBLM) serves as the basis for the survey instrument and acts as the foundational resource for Livingston’s (2012) study. Ludden’s (2009) research uses 10 constructs as the fundamental point of the wisdom definition. The constructs that make up WBLM are knowledge, experience, community, critical thinking, reflection, deliberation, authenticity, courage, collaboration, and spirituality (Ludden, 2009).

Continuing to expand the study of wisdom and leadership, this research built on Ludden’s (2009) study and replicated Livingston’s (2012) research. Using Ludden’s (2009) WBLM, Livingston’s (2012) study focused on wisdom and leadership in life coaches. Thus, replicating Livingston’s (2012) research, the concentrated efforts of this study are the perceptions of wisdom held by presidential leaders in CCCU schools.

With 53 participants, this study found that the presidents accepted the definition of wisdom and agreed with the constructs that made up the definition of wisdom with limited significance. Likewise, the participants indicated a strong belief that their job involved the need to develop wise leaders. The following pages detail the presidential responses and the careful work associated with the study, providing insight and suggestions for additional research in wisdom.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ludden, LaVerne L.
Commitee: Christman, Rick, Newman, Keith
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration
Keywords: College presidents, Council for christian colleges and universities, Leadership, Wisdom, Wisdom-based leadership model
Publication Number: 10286617
ISBN: 9781369822625
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