Leadership Can Be Taught
In Leadership can be Taught: A Bold Approach to a Complex World Sharon Daloz Parks documents the approach to teaching leadership called “case-in- point,” developed by Ronald Heifetz at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, which takes to task the idea of born leaders. She describes Heifetz’s multidisciplinary approach to teaching leadership, which uses personal experience and seminar, simulation, presentation, discussion and dialogue, clinical-therapeutic practice, coaching, the laboratory, art, writing, and case study. Parks analyzes the underlying theory, overall concepts including presence and authority, and use in social groups and the workplace. She calls upon the stories and experiences of teachers and others who have applied the method. Parks is Director of Leadership for the New Commons at Whidbey Institute in Washington.