Each year, billions of dollars are spent on leadership training. From schools and degrees to corporations and executive coaching, people are looking for ways to enhance their own leadership skills, or teach others to be better leaders. Even proposing the idea that everyone is a leader helps enhance the pool of potential participants. But in the greatest majority of discussions, one key component is often overlooked. Our obsession of finding, training, or even becoming the next great leader has caused this crucial component to be missed.
Through an interactive discussion of how we got to where we are today, what is missing, and why embracing a new way of looking at the leadership paradigm is not only critical for our own leadership skills, but the students we teach. Participants will be able to participate in an exercise to determine their own type as it relates to this key component.
Dr. Donald Kudek currently serves as Assistant Professor/Academic Chair for the School of Business at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Prior to teaching at WLC, he spent 25+ years in Corporate America and held senior management positions for multiple companies in various industries. During that time he spent nearly 20 years as an adjunct professor at multiple institutions. The combination of business experience and adjunct work prepared him to accept the call to train future christian business leaders at WLC in 2011. In 2018 he obtained my PhD in Organizational Leadership and since then his research has focused on student teams, students’ view of team roles, and servant leadership benefits in small and large police agencies. His work has been published in the Journal of Organizational Psychology and the International Journal of Teaching and Education. He has been blessed to share his research findings domestically and internationally at various conferences including Canada, Brussels, and Switzerland.