Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)
A leader's behavior and actions flow from their values and beliefs. The focus of this thesis is to create a forum where people can explore their beliefs around how to positively influence others when in a position of leadership.
The forum is a three-session study group using a 2,500 year-old book of Chinese philosophy called the "Tao Te Ching." The 5,100-word book of 81 aphorisms provides pearls of wisdom on leadership--using nature as the model. Participants documented their leadership philosophy in session 1 and after reading the "Tao Te Ching" in session 3. Session 1 is an introduction to the text and the dialogue method of conversation. Session 2 and 3 take place a month apart. Between each session, the participants read an aphorism a day and document their thoughts in a study guide. The dialogue method of conversation is used to process the text together during sessions 2 and 3.
Reading the "Tao Te Ching" brought new insights to the participants. They felt their philosophy of leadership had deepened through the experience.
Light, Merilee J., "The "Tao Te Ching:" A Primer for Developing a Leadership Philosophy" (2000). Theses and Graduate Projects. 524.