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Psychology 1508: The Psychology of Leadership

"This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." Winston Churchill

Leadership Development as Personal Development

The Ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout the kingdom first ordered well their own states. Wishing to order well their states, they first regulated their families. Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their person. Confucius The process of becoming a leader is much the same as the process of becoming an integrated human being. For the leader, as for any integrated person, life itself is the career. Warren Bennis

Janusian Thinking
Paradoxical thinking requires that we embrace a view of the world in which opposites are joined, so that we can see the world clearly and see it whole... The result is a world more complex and confusing than the one made simple by either-or thoughtbut that simplicity is merely the dullness of death. When we think together, we reclaim the life force in the world, in our students, in ourselves. Parker Palmer

Healthy Synthesis
Person AND Situation Democratic AND Authoritarian Dogmatism AND Relativism Tough AND Nice

The Coaching Model

Leadership Development Daily Life Relationships Parenting Personal Development

Appreciative Inquiry
Traditional approaches to problem solving are, by definition, a way of seeing the world as a glass half empty. The Appreciative Inquiry is an alternative process to bring about organizational change by looking at the glass as half full. Essentially, Appreciative Inquiry varies from other approaches to organizational change in that it builds on what works well. Gail Johnson & William Leavitt

Authentic Leadership
Know thyself.
The Oracle of Delphi

This above all: To thine own self be true, And it must follow as night follows day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.

Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher
Parker Palmer

Passions Zone of Great Leadership


The first basic ingredient of leadership is a guiding vision. The leader has a clear idea of what he or she wants to doprofessionally and personallyand the strength to persist in the face of setbacks, even failures. Warren Bennis

Action Must Follow Words

Unless a vision is sustained by action, it quickly turns to ashes. Noel Tichy What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. Ralph Waldo Emerson Be the change you want to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

Leaders Create Their Environment

Leaders Assumptions/ expectations
Employees Behavior Leaders Behavior

Organizational Environment

100 Years of Leadership Development

A Meta Analysis (Avolio & Luthans, 2006)
The largest developmental impact was raising the positive beliefs of followers, instilling in them the conviction that they were better at a performance task than they thought.

Choosing Between Right and Right

The inspirational approach [to ethics] offers little help with serious conflicts of responsibility.... What to do when one clear right thing must be left undone in order to do another or when doing the right thing requires doing something wrong? Joseph Badaracco

Where have all the leaders gone?

Where are the Jeffersons and Lincolns of today? The answer, I am convinced, is that they are among us. Out there in the settings with which we are all familiar are the unawakened leaders, feeling no overpowering call to lead and hardly aware of the potential within. John Gardner These are the times in which a genius would wish to live. Great necessities call forth great leaders. Abigail Adams

Philip Stone