Northwestern's Center for Learning and Organizational Change has an interesting talk coming up on May 1st: The Inner Life of a Leader with Dan McAdams.
During times of change and turmoil in communities and organizations, we need leaders who are committed to making the world around them a better place for future generations. Tragic stories from Enron to Katrina have left many people questioning the state of leadership in the United States. Where are the uplifting stories of leaders who have made a positive difference, and is there something to learn from these stories? Fortunately, the stories of people who exhibit positive leadership have been studied and will be the subject of McAdams’ talk.
Dan McAdams, Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence in the School of Education and Social Policy, is the author of more than 150 articles and chapters and 14 books, including his recently released The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By. McAdams is a leader in the recent emergence within the social sciences of narrative approaches to studying human lives—approaches that place stories and storytelling at the center of personal effectiveness and generativity.
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