Resiliently Complex: Deconstructing Complexity Leadership Theory Through Experiential Pedagogies

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Conference Proceeding

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Proceedings of the 2013 Association of Leadership Educators Conference


This practice session showcases innovative active learning and experiential instructional strategies to introduce Complexity Leadership Theory and Complex Adaptive Systems to leadership studies students. In this session, experienced leadership educators will simplify this dynamic theory and demonstrate experiential activities for delivering this content to leadership studies students. Specifically, facilitators will demonstrate two brief, interactive classroom‐based role-play activities designed to activate the connection between these complex leadership theories and practice. Then, facilitators will highlight best practices and lead participants in a focused discussion and debrief. Participants should expect a fun, boisterous, and lighthearted atmosphere and be ready to get involved in the action.