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Courageous Leadership: What Does It mean at Kansas State University
Orlando L. TaylorFielding Graduate University
We Meet Today 5 Days After the 50thAnniversary of “Bloody Sunday ”in Selma
A day when great, courageous leadership was demonstrated.Many were leaders with no fancy title.Participants put themselves into personal danger for a moral and just cause.Society was the beneficiary.Theleaders got few personal rewards.
Welcome to New America
Rapidly Changing Demographics with Whites soon toa MINORITY—evenin Universities!An Older Americathat worksandstudies longerMoretechnology placingthe USin a GlobalVillage.More and Quicker Population MovementsA global marketplace—even for Universities
US Population Change 2005-2050
Demographic Shifts in Colleges
“Itshould come as no surprise that student bodies will increasingly be made up of members of minority groups. At some point,probably just after 2020, minority students willoutnumberwhites on college campuses for the first time.”College 2020Chronicle Research Service
The US Faces New Competitors
By 2050 Chinawillbethe largest andIndia thesecond largesteconomies in the worldIncreased strength of Korea, Australia andCanadaNew Europe has blurred cross border arrangementsGlobal Competition & workforce re-distribution: Volkswagen in Chattanooga/United Air in BangaloreToyota sells more cars than any company in the worldStudents can study online anywhere in the world
Our Universities WillLook Differently in New America
Increaseddiversity with WhitesthenewMinority!More women,older, and online students.More discovery than ever.Increased diversity of institutions, academic packaging & delivery systems.Movementtoward a more managerial/businessculture inhigher education.
Courageous Leaders WillBe Needed in New America
For Personal SuccessFor the US to Remain CompetitiveFor Universities to Remain Competitive
Who Do You Consider to Be Among The Greatest Leaders in World History
Moses???Jesus???Joan of Arc???George Washington???Abraham Lincoln???Sitting Bull???Sojourner Truth???Susan B. Anthony???Franklin Roosevelt???Jackie Robinson???John Lewis???Martin Luther King???Rosa Parks???Nelson Mandela???David Boren???
Some Exemplars ofCourageous Leaders for Me
Abraham LincolnSojourner TruthNelson MandelaJohn LewisMartin Luther King, Jr.Eleanor RooseveltRosa Parks
Lincoln on Leadership
Get Out of the Office and Circulate Among the TroopsBuild Strong AlliancesPersuade Rather Than CoerceHonesty and Integrity Are the Best PoliciesNever Act Out of Vengeance or SpiteHave the Courage to Handle Unjust CriticismBe a Master of ParadoxExercise a Strong Hand—Be DecisiveLead by Being LedSet Goals and Be Results OrientedEncourage InnovationInfluence People Through Convention and StorytellingPreach a Vision and Continually Reaffirm It
Sojourner Truth: Abolitionist and Feminist
Truth is powerful and it prevails.If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!…womenneed to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere.  Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place!And ain’t I a woman?
King on Leadership
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but who conquers that fear.Lead from the back—and let others believe they are in front.A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.
Mandela on Leadership
Never, ever give up.Our failures speak volumes about our character.We don’t all have to have the same opinion.If it were easy, everybody would be doing it!During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against whitedominationand Ihave fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve . But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die
What Are CommonAttributes of My Exemplars
Placed themselves at riskWorked toward a common goal, not a personal goalValuedFollowershipLed by exampleHonesty to selfNeed not have a formal title
Attributes of Modern Day Courageous Leaders
Takes Moral Stands even in the presence of dangerStands up for the right thingSpeaks up when injustice is perpetuatedGoes against the majority when it is wrongResists racism and sexism when others think its safePerseveres in the face of low oddsReminds others that the Moral Force of the universe is long but it bends toward justice
Examples When There Was aLack of Courageous Leadership
Swiss WatchesKodakPolaroidQuestion: Could Universities that fail to embrace online education suffer a similar fate????
Ten Attributes of Courageous Leaders: Forbes
Confront reality head-onSeek feedback and LISTENSay what needs to be saidEncourage pushbackTake action on performance issuesCommunicate openly and frequentlyLead Change: From Good to Great!Make Decisions and Move ForwardGive Credit to OthersHold people (and Yourself) accountable
When Is It Difficult to Lead?
Going Against the MajorityDoing the Right Thing when Its RiskyGoing againstlongtime friends and colleaguesMaking decisions thatcould lead to personal dangerDoing the right thing when the organization is doing the wrong thing
Courageous Leaders “Play to WIN”, Not “Play to NOT LOSE” (Lafley and Martin)
They aspire to winningThere know where and when to playThey have a strategy for winningThey know the capabilities that must be in place to winThey know what management systems need to be in place to win
Disruptive Forces in Universities ThatCall for Courageous Leadership
Technologyin teaching and learningDemographic ChangesNew Competitors—simpler, more accessible, cheaper and convenientGlobalizationBudget crunch: Making quality better, but more affordable with less public support; Increased ROI
K-State and Other Universities in New America
MUSTconsider diversity/inclusion as core values for the US to Continue to “Win”Prepare students to “Win” in Multicultural America and the Global CommunityMake education Accessible, Affordable and Attainable—while preserving QualityUse good business practices while preserving Quality
Courageous Leaders Dare to Dream
Hold fast to dreamsFor if dreams dieLife is a broken-winged birdThat cannot fly.Hold fast to dreamsFor when dreams goLife is a barren fieldFrozen with snowLangston Hughes





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