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Knowing, Doing, and Being

Teaching Leadership: Approaches That Emphasize Being

“How does one teach leadership in a way that not only informs [students] about leadership but also transforms them into actually being leaders? In this section, several authors share courageous and often unconventional approaches to teaching that target the very essence of who we are, the BE component of leadership education.

“Erhard, Jensen and Granger anchor this collection by taking dead aim at the BE component.  In a highly provocative chapter titled “Creating 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.

“For these authors, integrity, authenticity, and being committed to something bigger than oneself form the base of ‘the context for leadership,’ a context that once mastered, leaves one actually being a leader. It is not enough to know about or simply understand these foundational factors, but rather 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.” –  editors comments from The Handbook for Teaching Leadership: Knowing, Doing, and Being, Edited by Snook, Scott A., Nohria, Nitin N., and Khurana, Rakesh, Sage Publications, Inc., 2011.

“The truth is not found in a different set of circumstances. The truth is always and only found in the circumstances you’ve got.

– Werner Erhard

Werner Erhard at Harvard University

In life you wind up with one of two things – the results or the reason why you don’t have the results. Results don’t have to be explained.  They just are.

– Werner Erhard

Werner Erhard - Center For Public Leadership

The Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School of Government is dedicated to excellence in leadership education and research.  At the heart of CPL’s mission is the enhancement of leadership teaching and research. By creating opportunities for reflection and discovery for students, scholars, and practitioners from different disciplines, sectors, cultures, and nations, CPL promotes a dynamic exchange of ideas. It is equally committed to bridging the gap between leadership theory and practice.

Since 2008, they have posted their videos—including archived footage from a decade of leadership events, speeches, and interviews— on their YouTube channel.   With 21,763 views, Werner Erhard‘s lecture on his latest work: “Why We Do What We Do: A New Model Providing Actionable Access to the Source of Performance,” was the second most watched video in 2010. –  Top Ten CPL Videos of 2010

Werner Erhard speaks to Kennedy School students (2009)