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Study aims to promote organisational leaders

Published:Tuesday | August 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM
A group, including students of Argosy University, that just ended a tour in Jamaica. - CONTRIBUTED

SELECT DOCTORAL students of Argosy University's Organizational Leadership Program just ended an innovative seven-day study-abroad trip to Jamaica titled '2014 Leadership Quest'.

The doctorate degree in organisational leadership focuses on the qualities of transformational leaders and prepares students to lead complex organisations faced with an abundance of strategic challenges - including globalisation efforts, changing economies, societal shifts, and individual organisational relationships.

"In order for students to truly understand globalisation, diversity, and leadership, they must travel beyond their current boundaries," said Dr Marianne Greenfield, chair of the university Atlanta campus programme. Boundaries, she said, can be geographical, emotional, conceptual, or other self-inflicted learned concepts and behaviours.

proposal for key leaders

With leadership at the centre of the quest, Greenfield sent a proposal to key leaders in a variety of industries throughout Jamaica asking for participation in the Quest. Greenfield commented: "As the leader of the academic programme, I must demonstrate leadership principles. I saw a gap in the curriculum and created a solution by designing and implementing a new course under a 'special topics' category. I felt compelled to find a way to offer the opportunity for students to research and discover leadership in diverse settings beyond the classroom."

Crystal Bullock, study-abroad student, stated: "As an effective mentor, she demonstrates a unique ability to transform visions, placing others in real-world situations with unlimited possibilities. I have a sincere admiration for such a humble professor and leader who wears many hats while having the ability to create great synergy within a multicultural setting."

During the period in Jamaica, students engaged in transformational meetings and tours with some of Jamaica's respected leaders including Senator Norman Grant; Dr Alfred Sangster, one of the country's leading educators and president emeritus, University of Technology, Jamaica; Dr Henley Morgan of Agency for Inner-city Renewal; Clifton Reader, general manager of the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort; the Burrowes family of Dolphin Cove; and music producer Jeremy Harding.