RSED 4900 Leadership Along the Way
“To give birth, to nourish, to bear and not to own, to act and not lay claim, to lead and not rule:this is mysterious power.”
~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Ch. 10
2018 August Intensive
SKSM Fireside Room
9am – 5pm
Monday, August 13th — Friday, August 17th, 2018
(draft syllabus subject to revisions)
Instructor: J. Tyson Casey firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: by appointment only
Grading: 3 Units. Pass/Fail (unless letter grade is requested)
The world we now live in is rapidly changing – as a result of neoliberal globalization, climate
disruption, and the chaotic crumbling of governing institutions. These conditions are
interdependent and impermanent. They call for adaptive and embodied leadership rooted in
relationship – to the earth, to each other, and to collective power. The purpose of this course is
to cultivate an ecosystem for connecting to individual and collective power and leadership, as
well as opportunities to practice concrete skills for sustaining balance in an unpredictable life.
II. Intended Outcomes:
By the end of this course, students will:
● Be able to articulate their own understanding of regenerative leadership in an
● Have awareness of different sources of power that can shape society, as well as ways in
which individuals and groups can connect with and shape that power.
● Be familiar with ways of cultivating courage, consent, and agency amidst interlocking
systems of oppression.
● Be more aware of their habits and hxstories, so that they can be more adaptable and
embodied in their leadership.
● Have more tools for guiding individual and group energy in an intentional direction.
● Be able to provide leadership in a group direction setting process and presentation.
● Have contributed to the cultivation of beloved community.
III. Tentative Schedule:
Leadership, Authority, and the Long Arc
Leadership Stories: Ancestors & Descendants
Sources of Power and Wisdom
Power to Act: Agency and Consent
Space, Energy, and Time
Beyond the Duality of Leaders and Followers
Collaboration: Present & Future
Meetings and Group Direction Setting
Returning Forward (Moving Forward is to Return)
IV. Course Requirements:
A. Pre-work to be completed prior to start of course (10%):.
● Completion of pre-reading prior to start of course.
B. Participation (70%):
● On-time attendance at each session of each day.
● Full participation in all activities, conversations, and presentations.
● Compliance with group agreements and processes.
● Participation in a pod that contributes to the participant experience.
● Completion of readings in preparation for each day.
● Participation in a group direction setting process.
● Co-leading of presentation for whole class.
C. Prompt and full completion of post-intensive assessment following close of the course. (20%)
V. Course Readings:
Unless otherwise noted, all readings will be available in a course reader. A printed version of the
reader will be available on reserve at SKSM.
A. Required text not included in the reader:
Le Guin, Ursula K. Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: a book about the way and the power of the way. Boston, MA:
Shambhala Publications, 1997.
List Price: $14.95
B. Required reading prior to start of course:
Archuleta, Michelle. “Approaching Leadership through Culture, Story, and
Relationships.” In Living Indigenous Leadership: Native Narratives on Building
Strong Communities, edited by Carolyn Kenny and Tina Ngaroimata Fraser,
162-175. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012.
Benyus, Janine M. “Where will we go from here?” In Biomimicry: Innovation
Inspired by Nature, 285-297. New York: William Morrow, HarperCollins
Publishers Inc, 1997.
Haines, Staci and Ng’ethe Maina. “The Transformative Power of Practice.” In
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Center for Transformative Change, 2010.
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Macy, Joanna. “The Co-Arising of Self and Society.” In Mutual Causality in
Buddhism and General Systems Theory, 183-191. Albany: State University of
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Suzuki, Shunryu. Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the
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