An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

Leadership by Design

Presenters: Tony Middlebrooks, Scott Allen, Mindy McNutt, and James Morrison

Date: 20 August 2019

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This webinar will discuss a uniquely useful way of looking at leadership – leadership through the lens of design! This lens is applied within the new foundational leadership textbook: Discovering Leadership: Designing Your Success. The design perspective organizes the book into five major sections: designing yourself as a leader, designing relationships, designing other’s success, designing culture, and designing the future. Across 16 chapters, Discovering Leadership focuses on preparing individuals for future leadership through engaging activities and features. This includes building internal resources of CORE™ – confidence, optimism, resilience, and engagement – leadership concepts that give students a unique advantage toward success.

Attendees Will Develop:

  • An understanding of how and why a design perspective can add some interesting new dimensions to how they conceptualize leadership.
  • An awareness of a new introductory textbook that is filled with many tools and activities designed to enhance their leadership education efforts as well as their own leadership.

Speaker Information

Tony Middlebrooks, PhD creates tools, explores, and teaches at the intersection of leadership, innovation, creativity, and design as Associate Professor and Director of the Siegfried Leadership Initiative for Horn Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware.

Dr. Middlebrooks has created and taught more than 35 different courses for all collegiate levels, as well as numerous experiential abroad programs. He presently teaches leadership theory and practice, decision-making, creativity and innovation, and social entrepreneurship. He received both the University of Delaware Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Advising Awards, and regularly helps faculty develop their teaching. Previously Dr. Middlebrooks codeveloped the Organizational and Community Leadership program at UD, as well as the doctoral program in leadership as a professor at Cardinal Stritch University, and spent ten years prior in nonprofit leadership positions. Dr. Middlebrooks has published numerous articles and book chapters, and he has delivered hundreds of presentations. He is coauthor of Public Sector Leadership, and cocreator of the Idea Fan Deck and Design Thinking Cards, and he has served as Symposium Editor for the Journal of Leadership Studies since 2011. A firm believer that leadership learning can benefit everyone and can make a difference, Dr. Middlebrooks consults and facilitates workshops for a wide variety of organizations and audiences. His current scholarly interests focus on methods of leadership education and the integration of leadership, creativity, and design thinking. Dr. Middlebrooks has a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He resides in Wilmington, Delaware, with his wife and collaborator Dr. Jules Bruck.

Scott J. Allen, PhD is the Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University.

He is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. In 2008, he was voted the favorite teacher and in 2014, he was awarded the Wasmer Outstanding Teaching Award for his work in the classroom. Scott served as a Mulwick Scholar in the Boler School of Business, and his primary stream of research focuses on leadership development. Scott has published more than 50 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. He is the coauthor of The Little Book of Leadership Development: 50 Ways to Bring Out the Leader in Every Employee and A Charge Nurse’s Guide: Navigating the Path of Leadership. Scott is also a coauthor of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: A Guide for College Students. In addition to writing and speaking, Scott consults, facilitates workshops, and leads retreats across industries. Scott is the chair and cofounder of the Collegiate Leadership Competition and has served on the board of the International Leadership Association, Association of Leadership Educators, and OBTS Teaching Society for Management Educators. He resides in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with his wife, Jessica, and three children—Will, Kate, and Emily.

Mindy S. McNutt, PhD is an Associate Professor of Leadership at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She earned her BA in Communication Studies, MS in Personnel Counseling, and EdS in Educational Leadership from Wright State.

She also earned her PhD in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University. Currently, she teaches in all three leadership programs at Wright State: the undergraduate program in Organizational Leadership, the master of science in Leadership Development, and the doctorate in Organizational Studies. Dr. McNutt has engaged in leadership curriculum development for over 30 years for high school youth, and undergraduate curricular and extracurricular programs, and most recently she served with several faculty colleagues to write the proposal for the doctorate in Organizational Studies. At Wright State and at several area community colleges, she has held a variety of leadership positions including, among others, academic vice president, campus dean, and dean of student services and institutional advancement. Additionally, Dr. McNutt is or has been involved in a number of boards and committees at the local, state, and national levels. Among her varied research interests are leadership education, transformational leadership, women in leadership, leader values, and a current project examining the relationship between values and organizational culture. She has been involved in several projects of significance: serving as an associate editor of the International Leadership Association Building Leadership Bridges book entitled LEADERSHIP 2050: Contextualizing Global Leadership Processes for the Future and collaborating with a nationwide team to create and serve as faculty for the international Leadership Education Academy.

James L. Morrison, PhD is currently a Professor of Organizational and Community Leadership in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.

His research interest focuses on issues surrounding senior leadership accountability. Currently, he is researching the effectiveness of CEOs in preparing for the possibility of a natural disaster. He has published two books and over 80 manuscripts in a variety of professional journals. In addition, Dr. Morrison has presented over 90 papers at regional, national, and international conferences. He is currently serving on three refereed editorial boards for academic journals and also is serving as the executive editor of the Journal of Education for Business. He has been the recipient of seven outstanding teaching awards in the College of Education and the College of Human Resources at the University of Delaware. Within the leadership major at the University of Delaware, his teaching focuses on preparing future leaders to initiate change within organizations by adopting a new set of principles and practices that have emerged in recent years.

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