ORGL-502: Leadership & Imagination. 

 

Competencies Expected:

Course objectives invited me to identify and explain the dynamics involved in the creative process; understand how the dynamics are present in the arts and sciences; understand how creative dynamics are present in organizational leadership; and analyze and evaluate my own and others’ leadership within the context of imagination and the creative process.  Evidence of student mastery of course competencies invited me to 1) describe, analyze, and evaluate various contexts such as art, film, drama, architecture, music and history 2) describe, analyze and evaluate the dynamics of the creative process 3) apply, analyze and interpret the dynamics of the creative process present within organizational leadership. 

 

Competencies Achieved:

 This course invited me to “see and see again” the place of most potential.  The engaging dialogue and reflection introduced through a short film by Dewitt Jones (http://dewittjones.com/) powerfully communicated the value of what you see depends on where you stand (C.S. Lewis).  As organizational leaders we step further towards moral and ethical development when we recognize that experiential knowledge create within us a unique way of seeing the world.  Yet, we are invited and challenged to embrace how others see the world, open to their worldview with an openness to learn. 

 

This course introduced a powerful construct on the role of Hardiness within individual and organizational leadership.  Viewing the film, “God on Trial” led me to grow an increasing interest and awareness of existentialism that led to a course titled: Leadership & Hardiness where I climbed Mt. Adams as part of a graduate school team ten-months later. 

 

Competencies Applied:

 As a result of my Bachelor’s degree in English-Writing my ability to communicate in the written word is often one of my strongest assets.  I have an ability to weave visual imagination creatively and engagingly.  This course invited me to use a form of communication that is rarely used and uncommon to engage me individually in the act of challenging myself to “see and see again” how I gravitate to what comes naturally which is my comfort in the written word.  For my final project instead of writing a final essay, I created a video using the same content that would’ve been in written form.   As a result of how uncomfortable I felt in producing this film, it led to me joining my local Toastmaster’s Club (SLO Motion Toastmasters) soon after.  

 

 

References:

 Kabat-Zinn, J. (1995). Wherever you go, there you are: Mindfulness meditation in everyday life. New York: Hyperion.

Of Nursia, B., & Fry, T. (1998). The Rule of St. Benedict. New York: Vintage Books.