January 2021

This course will provide an experience of relating integrated forms of general and systems thinking and organizational theory to leadership development that relates to organizational life, with particular attention to faith communities and non-profits.  The course will begin with an invitation for students to listen to the multigenerational story of a family impacted by a significant and long term societal process and observe that family’s response over multiple generations. The two significant lenses used during this course will be adaptive leadership and Bowen family systems theory. Students in the class will be challenged to look anew at Bowen family systems theory (or Bowen theory) and develop an increased capacity to analyze the various applications to organizational life offered by many experienced practitioner-scholars in the field.  Adaptive leadership principles will be included as a means to look at how leaders and organizations manage the emotional processes of change and loss and maintain the intentions of the organization and its mission.

Format: Fully-online
Dates: We will be offering two sections of this course in January 2021. Both courses will take place January 11-29, with pre-work, and each section will include 6 synchronous sessions.

Section 1 Synchronous Sessions (open to DMin and masters-level students)

  • Wednesday, January 13, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm CT
  • Friday, January 15, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm CT
  • Wednesday, January 20, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm CT
  • Friday, January 22, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm CT
  • Monday, January 25, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm CT
  • Wednesday, January 27, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm CT

Section 2 Synchronous Sessions (open to masters-level students only)

  • Tuesday, January 12, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm CT
  • Thursday, January 14, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm CT
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm CT
  • Thursday, January 21, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm CT
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm CT
  • Thursday, January 28, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm CT

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Emlyn Ott
Course number:  ML 561/661

Initial assignments for courses may be due up to one week prior to the start of the semester/term. See the syllabus for all due dates. 

Syllabus for Section 1 (open to DMin and masters-level students)
Syllabus for Section 2 (open to masters-level students only)

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