Causality, Change, and Leadership
Gill Robinson Hickman
Hickman, G. & Cuoto, R. (2006) Causality, Change, and Leadership. Chapter in Goethals, G. & Sorenson, G. The quest for a general theory of leadership. Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc. The chapter will be posted in the Course Resources section of this course. We will discuss this case as part of our Unit 4 cohort meeting. The key question to discuss is,
"What two chapters from the Sage handbook on leadership best help one frame and understand the leadership issues presented by this case?".
As you think about and discuss your answer(s) to this key question also think about these sub-questions:
1. Who ...view middle of the document...
fired Superintend Boyd Jones
1956 courts ordered desegregation.
Prince George public schools remained closed until 1964.
Barbara Jones was the Leader her leadership influenced school desegregation
Rev. Griffin requested to come to school. He was trying to organize NAACP chapter.
What leadership was missing in the case?
Superintendent, School officials, county government
What would have been different had that leadership occurred?
Quicker resolution to the issue
What leadership is represented in the case that is not well-captured or addressed in chapters from the Sage Handbook?
How did the analysis of the case affect your thinking after initial reading of the case?
What implications about causality and change do you now believe are important in our study of leadership?
Generally speaking, what does this case tell us about leadership
In the simplest of systems, with only two opposing elements, a change in one brings about a change in the other, which in turn brings on more change.
Every element of the system interrelates with...