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2014 Seminar on Leadership and Cultural Change

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Invited Paper Session #2
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Leadership in Organizations

Friday, May 23, 2014
10:30 AM–11:20 AM
W190a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: OBM; Domain: Theory
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Jon E. Krapfl, Ph.D.
Chair: Mark P. Alavosius (University of Nevada, Reno)
JON E. KRAPFL (Retired from the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary)
Jon E. Krapfl has spent an entire career on the intersection of business and psychology. After operating a construction business in the 1960s, he earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri in 1967. By 1969, he began directing training programs first at Drake University, and then as chair at West Virginia University, and as director of the Systems Center at the University of Houston. He also developed a number of treatment centers for the states of Missouri, Iowa, and West Virginia. From 1980-1997, Dr. Krapfl was president of Corporate Behavior Analysts, Inc., a consulting firm of behavioral psychologists with a worldwide client base, headquartered in Chicago, IL. After retiring for several years, he became associate dean and chief operating officer of the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary, a position from which he retired in 2012. His primary interests have been in business strategy, business cultures, leadership, and instruction in higher education.

Businesses are crying out for leadership. Businesses need managers and executives to guide them through an environment that is high risk and in flux. Changing markets and business environments require rapid and creative responses and the taking of measured risks to achieve positive results. Higher education has failed miserably at preparing leaders because of its traditional concepts of both leadership and instruction. One cannot learn leadership from a book any more than one can learn golf that way. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that our modern regimented society prepares children to be less, not more, capable of either accepting responsibility or taking a leadership role. This is paper will focus on both what contemporary leaders must do and how they can be prepared to do it.

Target Audience:

Psychologists, behavior analysts, graduate students, and anyone interested in leadership in organizations.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the event, participants should be able to (1) Explain why leadership must be defined in terms of outcomes rather than attributes; (2) Explain enabling in a leadership context; (3) Through a leadership process, create an environment that supports innovation and creativity.
Keyword(s): Business leadership, Leadership Seminar



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