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ORGL 689 – Leadership & Hardiness

Develop personal and organizational resilience by engaging the mind, body, and spirit.

From Ernest Shackleton’s expedition in the Antarctic, Edmund Hillary’s summit of Mt. Everest, Scott and Amundsen’s race to the South Pole, Victor Frankl’s will to meaning and existence in sordid circumstances of the holocaust, Nelson Mandela’s revolutionary transformation towards forgiveness and racial reconciliation, to many other stories of resilience, this course will teach the pathways to creating personal and organizational resilience. The expedition of the course will begin by first studying the “will to meaning” from the perspective of existential and health psychology. This internal journey will be followed by studying various organizational scenarios marked by resilient outcomes and by learning a wide range of empirically grounded practices that enhance personal and organizational performance. Upon developing these competencies, students will have an opportunity to experientially practice resilient mechanism by climbing Mt. Adams. Personal hardiness will be developed, experienced, and tested in a setting that challenges the heart, mind, and spirit. Don’t miss out on an unforgettable experience!

The Program At-A-Glance

  • Program type: Short-term, faculty-led program administered by Gonzaga University
  • Dates: Mt. Adams Residency, July 27-30, 2017
  • Eligibility: Graduate Students
  • Estimated cost: $940 per credit plus travel and climbing expenses
  • Financial aid: Gonzaga and federal financial aid can be applied towards this program
  • Registration date: Register on Zagweb Monday, March 20, 2017

In the News

This course will introduce students to existential psychology and psychological hardiness in the context of organizational leadership. Students will gain an understanding of existentialism through a personal exploration of meaning and how meaning informs psychological attitudes and existential courage during personal and organizational adversity.

Students will engage various sources of feedback related to culture, climate, structure, and workforce and will be able to provide their organizations a tangible plan for developing and/or sustaining a resilient organization. Students will learn to deconstruct and operationalize psychological hardiness through scholarly literature, classroom exercises, simulations, and a climb at Mt. Adams, WA.

  • $940 per credit
  • travel expenses
  • climbing expenses

Follow The Journey

Students in this course accepted the challenge to learn not only in the traditional classroom context, but also to practice self-care and a philosophy on life that will prepare them to climb Mt. Adams, WA as the final simulation and capstone experience of the course. Course objectives are to develop personal hardiness from a holistic perspective involving mind, body, and spirit; study and learn best practices of hardy and resilient organizations; and practice course objectives and the hardiness philosophical perspective in climbing Mt. Adams.

Program information subject to change.

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