Leadership, organizations, and change (May 26)
How to lead change is both a mystery and a science. People have been studying the phenomena of leadership and change for many years. There are many books on the subject; some using data; some using cases; some using stories. Part of the difficulty in describing leadership is that it comes in so many styles, from the great leaders like Alexander the Great who conquer whole worlds, to quiet leaders in a small community that galvanize people to work together. There is no easy way to learn to be a leader. The readings just represent an eclectic mix of ideas to get you to think about leadership, organizations, and change. We all spend our whole lives watching, doing, and learning about these things. Our hope as teachers is that you find the leader in yourself, and make change happen. Humanity will certainly need plenty of it to get through the 21st Century in respectable shape.
So reflect on what you’ve read; connect it to what you’ve been thinking about these days; and let us know what’s on your mind!