An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

Transforming Self, Transforming Institutions: Collaborative Leadership and Group Dynamics

Presenters: Ruthellen Josselson

Date: 28 June 2013

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Leadership demands complex psychological processes on the part of the leader who must integrate a personal sense of self and an awareness of the multiple ways in which she is being imagined, experienced and represented by her followers. Effective leadership requires understanding the various ways that people in groups and organizations respond to authority and how these patterns impact the group as a whole. Join Ruthellen Josselson in this webinar to explore the dynamics of leadership and authority in the context of group relations.

In this webinar, Ruthellen will lead participants in an exploration of the life and lessons learned from Faith Gabelnick, the first woman President of Pacific University, who was also a pioneer in learning communities and a leader in the A. K. Rice Institute for the study of social systems. Participants also examine how their own life stories and experiences with authority influence how they work with groups and lead their organizations.

Speaker Information

Ruthellen Josselson

Ruthellen Josselson is professor of clinical psychology at The Fielding Graduate University and a psychotherapist in practice. She was formerly a professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Harvard University and a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University. Her research focuses on women’s identity and on human relationships. She received both the Henry A. Murray Award and the Theodore R. Sarbin Award from the American Psychological Association as well as a Fulbright Fellowship. She has been active in group relations work for many years, consults to organizations, and lectures and conducts workshops both nationally and internationally. She is co-director of the Irvin D. Yalom Institute of Psychotherapy.