BEING A LEADER AND THE EFFECTIVE EXERCISE OF LEADERSHIP
An Ontological / Phenomonological Model
A New Model - Ten Years On' for the Sands Leadership Lecture Series at the University
of Rochester Simon Business School on February 5, 2014.
If there ever was a time for a new model of leadership, that time is now. The course Being A Leader and The Effective Exercise of Leadership created by Werner Erhard, Michael C. Jensen, Steve Zaffron, Kari Granger and Jeri Echeverria is a new and unique model of leadership that leaves participants being a leader and exercizing leadership effectively as their natural self-expression.
The course, while still in development, has been taught since 2005 at the University of Rochester Simon School of Business to MBA, PhD, and Executive Development Program students, faculty, administrators, alumni and outside corporate executives. It is currently being taught to undergraduates and faculty at the United States Air Force Academy. In August 2008, the course was also taught to some 250 senior management consultants from 66 separate firms. In January 2009 the course was delievered at Erasmus Academie in Rotterdam (a version of which was taught at the Erasmus University Law School). The course was delivered at Texas A&M University Mays School of Business in June 2010, in India under the auspices of the IC Centre for Governance and MW Corp in November 2010, at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in June 2012, at entrepreneurship@ubc at The University of British Columbia in June 2013, in Cancun, Mexico to benefit the Erhard-Jensen Ontological / Phenomenological Initiative in October 2013; in Singapore, hosted by Nanyang Technological University in July 2014, in Bermuda in November 2014 to benefit the Erhard-Jensen Ontological / Phenomenological Initiative which supports the delivery of the course in Universities throughout the world and in Dubai in January 2015.
In the course participants discover a new and powerful model of integrity and the difference between management and leadership. The course is designed to open up and leave participants with an expanded personal opportunity - ways of being, thinking, planning, and action that leave them being a leader and exercising leadership effectively. This new model of leadership and its practice is applicable for all domains of leadership, including personal leadership (being the leader of yourself and your own life) and team and organizational leadership in school, business, and any other area in which one would like to make a difference (e.g. family, community, and politics).
The quotes below are from the editor’s introduction of a chapter titled “Creating Leaders: An Ontological/Phenomenological Model” written by Werner Erhard, Michael C. Jensen, and Kari Granger in the book “The Handbook for Teaching Leadership: Knowing, Doing, and Being”, 2012 (p. xxiv). The book is edited by Harvard Business School’s Scott Snook (Senior Lecturer), Nitin Nohria (Dean of Harvard Business School and George Baker Professor of Administration), and Rakesh Khurana (Dean of Harvard College and Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development).
“How does one teach leadership in a way that not only informs them about leadership but also transforms them into actually being leaders? …this eclectic group of scholars argues for adopting a decidedly ontological approach to leadership education that promises to leave students actually being leaders. Contrasting their ontological approach described as being and action as experienced "on the court" with more traditional perspectives where leadership is observed and commented on "from the stands," this chapter presents a rigorous theory of leadership education that begins and ends with the following bold promises to students:
“You will leave this course being who you need to be to be a leader.
“You will leave this course with what it takes to exercise leadership effectively.
“…by following a rigorous, phenomenologically based methodology, students have the opportunity to create for themselves a context that leaves them actually being a leader and exercising leadership effectively as their natural self-expression."
Werner Erhard's (and his colleagues') work on leadership has been cited in many academic publications including the following:
Management Education For The World: A Vision For Business Schools Serving People And The Planet; By K. Muff, Thomas Dyllick, M. Drewell, J. North, P. Shrivastava, J. Haertle
Developing Globally Responsible Leaders In Business Schools: A Vision And Transformational Practice For The Journey Ahead; by Katrin Muff, Journal of Management Development 2013 32:5, 487-507
The Needs of Participants in Leadership Development Programs: A Qualitative and Quantitative Cross-Country Investigation; by William A. Gentry, Regina H. Eckert, Vijayan P. Munusamy, Sarah A. Stawiski and Jacob L. Martin
Handbook of Research on Teaching Ethics in Business and Management Education, edited by Charles Wankel
See more scholarly publications that have cited the work of Werner Erhard and his colleagues
Reference and Links:
The Three Foundations of A Great Life, Great Leadership, and A Great Organization, by Werner Erhard and Professor Michael C. Jensen
Psychology Today 2009 Neuroleadership Summit - How to foil an amygdala hijack
A New Model of Leadership - Presentation at ESADE - Barcelona, March 22, 2007 (pdf)
Leadership and Leadership Development: An Ontological Approach - Michael C. Jensen, Harvard Business School
Vail Leadership Institute What's love got to do with leadership?
Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, December 3, 2010: Creating Leaders: An Ontological Model - Forthcoming in: THE HANDBOOK FOR TEACHING LEADERSHIP, Scott Snook, Nitin Nohria, Rakesh Khurana, eds., Sage Publications, 2011
Society For Humanistic Psychology on the forthcoming chapter on Creating Leaders: An Ontological Model in The Handbook for Teaching Leadership
Academy of Management Learning & Education Publication - Book Review of The Handbook For Teaching Leadership, Knowing, Doing and Being: "Who better to begin a section on the being of leadership than Werner Erhard and colleagues Michael Jensen and Kari Granger."
Harvard Business School's Working Knowledge First Look, October 26, 2010
Jensen Leadership Seminar on Facebook
The Hidden Power of Integrity and Access to Vast Increases in Performance Michael C. Jensen's presentation at University of British Columbia prior to the Leadership Course which was delivered at entrepreneurship@UBC in June, 2013.
Bill George, Harvard Business School: What Does It Take To Be A Leader and For Leadership To Show Up?
Professor Michael C. Jensen discusses Being A Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership at the Simon Business School in 2014
Insigniam Quarterly: Great Leadership, Great Organization, and a Great Personal Life, by Werner Erhard and Michaeld C. Jensen
The Handbook For Teaching Leadership, Knowing, Doing and Being. Chapter 16 is "Creating Leaders: An Ontological Model", written by Werner Erhard, Michael C. Jensen and Kari Granger
Werner Erhard speaks about Being A Leader and The Effective Exercise of Leadership
Werner Erhard: Being A Leader and The Effective Exercise of Leadership
"Being a Leader and The Effective Exercise of Leadership: An Ontological Model," led by Dr.Michael Jensen, Werner Erhard, Steve Zaffron and Kari Granger at Erasmus Academie, Rotterdam, Netherlands