(5-day residential conference)
Leadership in organizations—businesses, schools, hospitals, agencies, places of worship, government—can be invigorating, compelling, bewildering, and maddening. What are the factors that create successful leaders and create followers who feel engaged and committed to the mission?
This is what we will do at this conference. Working over five days, we will create a temporary institution together to explore how group/institutional pressures might influence how we lead and exercise authority.
Vision, expertise, level headedness, and the mobilization of cutting edge technology are all significant contributors. What may be too often overlooked or misunderstood is the role of powerful emotional experiences in leaders and their followers. Passionate commitment to a mission, experiences of disengagement and indifference and a range of others may play a more significant role than we might appreciate.
What if hidden dynamics and individuals’ confusing feelings aren’t grasped as essential to understanding organizational life? What if they are instead overlooked or seen as bothersome “irrationality”? And if so, what if we uncover these dynamics and engage this irrationality as an opportunity—a risky one to be sure—to explore passion and liveliness in the work place?
Imagine that we could build a special institution where we could wrestle with all these questions. What if we could learn about the “under the surface” forces that influence how we come alive at work or find ourselves less present and engaged? What would we learn about the complexity of group membership and institutional dynamics? What new perspectives would we have on how we might take up leadership roles?
Director: Samar Habl, MD