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The Psychology of Leadership Versus the Business of Management by Dr. Peter Chiaramonte

Dr-Peter-Chiaramonte I recently came across an interesting article written by Dr. Peter Chiaramonte* on which is “the daily news site of weekly The FINANCIAL, US focused newspaper with offices in Tbilisi , Georgia and Kiev , Ukraine.” While the title of the article, The Psychology of Leadership Versus the Business of Management, might lead you to believe that he’s taking readers down a well trodden path, his role and experience as Vice President of Academic Quality at Georgian American University in Tbilisi,Georgia offers an interesting perspective on leadership education.

Leadership is more episodic and democratic than most business administration and legal programs imagine. The idea of constant, full-time authority over others is closer to the concept of management than to leadership. In truth, the best leadership programs for the twenty-first century will be born of psychology, philosophy, and history rather than finance, accounting, and the law. A newer model of leadership development will be based on personal growth and a combination of teamwork, caring, and community involvement. After all, most of the world’s work is not done by “bosses” or “big gorillas,” but rather by confluent teams of individuals and organizations each contributing to the completion of shared tasks and meaningful goals. When market or political interests dominate universities such as they do today in Georgia, their role as public agencies for the good of the nation as a whole significantly diminishes.

The posting is really less about “leadership versus management” and more about the intersection of technology and distributed learning. Dr. Chiaramonte addresses some recent positive trends in technology and leadership education:

Advancements in online technology have changed the way we study, and online courses in organizational leadership are now more readily available, more efficient, and more valued than ever before. While in the past online certifications did not carry the same weight as traditional programs, many scholars now believe that online education is not only acceptable, but immensely productive. And universities all over the Europe and the United States are making online education more convenient, practical, and accessible.

He goes on to identify a few new online programs that “are attempting to provide outreach to rural and urban communities all over the world who can benefit from advanced knowledge in leadership.”

While I’ve been able to study leadership over the past few years in programs at Wharton, Harvard and The Aspen Institute as a result of a generous fellowship from the Rhode Island Foundation, not everybody is so fortunate. The cost and time commitment for top business school leadership programs are prohibitive to nearly anyone who’s not sponsored by their company. Besides that many people around the globe live in communities that don’t have higher educational institutions.  But thankfully there is a significant shift underway in how we teach and how we learn. Technology is leading this change by providing more people with access to rich educational resources via the Internet and it’s great to see leadership studies is in the mix.

*Dr. Chiaramonte is a graduate of the University of Toronto (BA, BEd) and the University of California (MA, PhD). He has taught at the University of Western Ontario, Athabasca University, and Dalhousie University in Canada – at the University of North Carolina and Chapman University San Diego in the United States – and for the Grenoble Graduate School of Business and Georgian American University in Europe where he was vice president for academic affairs.

About the author

Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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