Learning to lead: biographical inquiry through Goolsby interviews

James Quick, Keri DeCay, Navadha Modha, John L. Goolsby

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Leadership is a form of skilled performance learned from masters, personal experience, and self-reflection. The Goolsby Leadership Academy has three pillars: executives, students, and faculty. Executives share their autobiographies and experience. Students learn to lead and to follow. Faculty facilitate student development and engage in leadership research.
Goolsby Scholars learn to lead through (1) structured self-assessments that enhance their self-awareness and self-mastery; (2) interviews through which they create their own biographical cases; and (3) an annual hosted event featuring a distinguished leader or professor who shares her or his leadership point of view. This chapter focuses primarily on the art of the interview and its enduring value.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationField Guide to Leadership Development
EditorsS. Kempster, A. Turner, G. Edwards
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages15
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameElgar Field Guides


  • Intuition
  • Leadership
  • Biogragraphical inquiry


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