The Psychology of Values in Leadership on the Individual and Collective Levels

One of the largest examples of unity through shared values seen throughout history¬†is found within the Christian faith as it moved and adapted from various other religions and ideologies (Burns, 2003, p. 200). Many of the practices were adopted from Judaism, Catholicism, pagans, and philosophers and were molded into what is seen today (Burns, 2003, … Continue reading The Psychology of Values in Leadership on the Individual and Collective Levels

Unity in Conflict through Peace-Making, Non-violence, & Emotional Understanding

Throughout life, we find paradoxes - contradictions that demonstrate both sides of issues and deepen our understanding of the world around us in new, challenging ways (Burns, 2003, p. 186). Often, we think about the paradoxes of joy and suffering, happiness and unhappiness, love and hate, meaningfulness and meaninglessness, etc. We think about things that … Continue reading Unity in Conflict through Peace-Making, Non-violence, & Emotional Understanding

Creating a Cycle of Perpetual Empowerment & Affirmation

Time and time again, we hear a call for leaders who are engaging, charismatic, relational, and inviting (Burns, 2003, p. 181). Sometimes that call is answered, and sometimes, it is not. We can all think of people, historically or personally, who have talked a good game but ultimately, have fallen flat in their leadership. Why? … Continue reading Creating a Cycle of Perpetual Empowerment & Affirmation

When the Student Becomes the Teacher

Often, leadership and followership seem self-explanatory: Leaders lead, followers follow, and everyone gets along, and everything changes for the better (Burns, 2003, p. 170). In reality, the distinction and characteristics between leadership and followership are much more nuanced. We may sometimes think that the only critical or integral part of the functioning of a group … Continue reading When the Student Becomes the Teacher

Innate Motivations & How They Drive Our Aspirations

One of the most intricate and difficult to understand aspects of life is human behavior and what drives it. For years, researchers have developed new concepts, ways of thinking, and theories that definitively explain how human needs and wants are manifested into our actions and behaviors (Burns, 2003, p. 148).¬†Freud first theorized that humans had … Continue reading Innate Motivations & How They Drive Our Aspirations