2014 GLA Cohort in Leiden, Day Three: Philosophy and creativity in leadership

| June 18, 2014
GLA fellows study and learn with others from around the university with close access to the initiatives, people, and places that make Webster University a distinctive place to work.

Global Leadership Academy fellows study and learn with others from around the University, with close access to the initiatives, people and places that make Webster University a distinctive place to work.

“First do no harm to the human spirit.” —David Carl Wilson

The GLA fellows began their third day with breakfast and a trip to the Leiden outdoor market to soak up the rain as well as the sights, smells and tastes of Dutch cheeses, sweets, fish and flowers before returning to the classroom to work with David Carl Wilson, College of Arts and Sciences dean.

Wilson’s presentation, “Leadership Secrets for Philosopher Kings…and Queens,” began with an exploration of the leadership ideas held by Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Machiavelli, and moved through a discussion of power. Wilson stressed the importance of leaders having goals and being human, advising, “First do no harm to the human spirit.” Throughout the presentation, Wilson wove in stories about leading the College of Arts and Sciences.

“We cannot solve problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”  —Albert Einstein
"Creativity and Leadership" session explored convergent and divergent thinking, reframing and reflecting.

In the afternoon session “Creativity and Leadership,” the fellows explored convergent and divergent thinking, reframing and reflecting.

After lunch, four of the fellows led an active and reflective session, “Creativity and Leadership.” Janice Neal, Ekaterina Hill and Edna Schick-Bodric facilitated a session organized by Carol Hodson, professor in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, to explore convergent and divergent thinking, reframing and reflecting.

The fellows spent some time working on their personal leadership plans before joining the Leiden campus faculty and staff to watch the Netherlands play Australia in the World Cup.

The Webster Leiden campus watch party for the June 18 group match against Australia, including guests from Webster's Global Leadership Academy. The Netherlands decks out in orange to support their national soccer team.

GLA fellows joined the Webster Leiden campus watch party for the June 18 World Cup group match against Australia. The Netherlands decks out in orange to support their national soccer team.

June 16-20 marks the second meeting of Webster University’s 2014 Global Leadership Academy (GLA) fellows. From locations across the Webster network, 14 faculty and staff members gathered in Leiden, the Netherlands, to learn about leadership, get a deep and grounded understanding of the University and explore trends and challenges in higher education today. The 2014 GLA fellows will work on team projects throughout this year and meet again in October.

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